Kevin Spacey being sued for $30m by House of Cards
Back in October 2017, allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Kevin Spacey when actor Anthony Rapp talked publicly about advances made by Spacey at a party in 1986.
Since then, other men have been at the centre of allegations that have seen both civil and criminal proceedings brought against Spacey.
So far, Spacey has not been convicted or found liable in relation to allegations made about him.
The House of Cards lawsuit
Following legal action brought by the studio that makes the series House of Cards, an arbitration decision has ruled that Kevin Spacey must pay the studio more than $30m because of losses brought on by his firing for alleged sexual misconduct.
The arbitration documents have been submitted to a Los Angeles court for judicial approval.
According to the documents, the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behaviour by engaging in “certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards.”
The arbitrators found that House of Cards had to fire Spacey, halt production of the show’s sixth season, rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions in losses.
This legal action has been underway. Spacey has appealed an initial finding against him, but lost that appeal. This decision now appears to be final – the judicial approval required is just a formality.
Kevin Spacey – life and career
Born in 1959, Spacey grew up in California. He began acting while at school, and went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Beginning his career in the theatre, Spacey’s reputation and profile built gradually, opening up opportunities for him in film. It was his role in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects that confirmed him as a major star – landing him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He collected the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1999 film American Beauty.
In 2003, Spacey was appointed as Artistic Director of the Old Vic theatre in London. He starred in a number of productions during his time with the Old Vic, consolidating his credentials as an accomplished actor in both theatre and film.
In 2011, Spacey was cast in the lead role in the Netflix adaptation of House of Cards. His performance was critically acclaimed, and he won a number of awards.
The subsequent controversy following the sexual assault allegations led to Spacey being axed from a number of roles, including from his starring role in the series House of Cards, and the 2017 film All the Money in the World, which was re-shot without him.
Despite widespread speculation, Spacey avoided any discussion of his sexuality until 2017. In response to the allegations made by Anthony Rapp, Spacey confirmed that he identified as a gay man.