Kevin Spacey must pay about $31 million to the London-based production company that owned the rights to “House of Cards,” a Delaware court ruled, the Associated Press reported.
Netflix halted production on the show in November 2016, after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of attempting to seduce him when Rapp was 14 years old.
Spacey stepped down from the show when the allegations came to light, amid the growing #MeToo movement. A special committee of Netflix’s board had hired attorneys to review the company’s sexual harassment policies after his departure, saying “they found no evidence of wrongdoing by Spacey on ‘House of Cards’ or any Netflix production.”
In 2016, Spacey settled a sexual harassment claim with actor Anthony Rapp, settling for $2.7 million. In December 2017, Spacey was banned from appearing on American television by Netflix until 2021, AP reported.
The British production company, London Bridge Entertainment, filed a suit against Spacey in Delaware for unpaid licensing fees.
Actors, show creators and crew members began to come forward with accusations against Spacey, prompting Netflix to suspend production on the show until the end of the 2017 season.
Netflix kept the series going for the second season with the intention of streaming the last episodes exclusively on the network, on a weekly basis.