A judge has ordered Kevin Spacey to pay House of Cards producers $31 million (£25.5 million) to cover the costs of removing him from the show after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced.
Last year, the US actor was ordered to pay entertainment company MRC following allegations of misconduct with young crew members, which he denies.
Spacey filed an appeal to have the arbitration award to the producers reversed.
However, a judge in Los Angeles denied his request on Thursday.
MRC claimed Spacey owed them millions of dollars in lost profits because his alleged misconduct forced him to be removed from the sixth season of the Netflix political drama, and the number of episodes was reduced from 13 to eight.
Spacey’s lawyers attempted to have the $31 million award overturned earlier this year, claiming that his actions amounted to nothing more than “sexual innuendos” and “innocent horseplay” and did not violate the MRC’s anti-harassment policy.
However, Judge Mel Red Recana stated on Thursday that Spacey and his legal team “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case,” and confirmed that Spacey would be required to pay the award, which was previously handed down by an arbitrator in October 2020.
The $31 million is thought to have included around $29.5 million in damages and $1.5 million in costs and fees.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said.
The original MCR filings, obtained by the PA news agency, revealed how Spacey was fired from the hit Netflix political drama series after allegations that he was “systematically preying upon, sexually harassing, and groping young men with whom he had worked on film, television, and theatre projects throughout his career.”
Spacey had repeatedly breached contractual obligations to provide services “in a professional manner” that were “consistent with reasonable directions, practises, and policies,” according to the arbitrator.
Spacey, 63, played the ruthless politician Frank Underwood in House of Cards for five seasons before being fired following the allegations.