On Saturday, Kevin Spacey was ordered to pay $31 million to the producer of his hit Netflix show House of Cards, according to reports from Reuters and Variety.
According to documents from the judge on Friday, Spacey owes at least $23 million to producer Media Rights Capital and $6 million to a Denver businessman, Tony Totah, who sued Spacey in August 2017 after he was badly injured in a hit-and-run accident in 2014.
Spacey was initially charged with assaulting Totah but dropped the charges later in 2017 after the actor entered a 30-day treatment program.
With the film All the Money in the World now shelved and C Spacey’s chances of working on any movie or TV projects looking increasingly dim, his fate is tied up with the case against him, where the actor faced a maximum penalty of three years in prison. Spacey is also under investigation in other sexual assault cases from Boston and Los Angeles.
The judge decided the case is more likely to be settled out of court, an option Spacey took after the two-day bench trial, arguing Totah had made unfounded statements and had refused to testify. The judgment adds pressure on Spacey to settle with the Totah family.
Spacey originally filed an emergency motion in the trial arguing the testimonies of Totah and his father, Andrew Plummer, contradicted Totah’s original claims of physical contact with Spacey.
Spacey left the theatre world in disgrace following allegations that he sexually assaulted Anthony Rapp in 1986, when Rapp was only 14 years old. The wave of allegations against Spacey eventually toppled several Hollywood figures, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Ronan Farrow, Matt Lauer, John Conyers and Roger Ailes.