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Kevin Spacey ordered to pay $31M for 'House of Cards' losses

The Oscar-winning actor was ordered to pay a hefty fee for breaching his contract with the studio that produced the popular Netflix show.
Kevin Spacey presents Britannia Award for Excellence in Television at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind “House of Cards” more than $30 million because of losses due to his firing from the show for sexual misconduct. That's according to an arbitration decision issued Monday. 

An arbitrator agreed that Spacey breached his contract by his treatment of crew members on the Netflix political thriller. 

Studio MRC had to rewrite and shorten the sixth and final season to get rid of Spacey's main character, resulting in tens of millions in losses. 

Spacey's career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum. Independent investigations found widespread sexual harassment of those who worked under Spacey.

A representative for the 62-year-old Oscar winner did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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