The new “bullet fee”: actor Kevin Spacey will have to pay $31 million because the producers fired him from House of Cards

Certain governments, including the Nazi regime in Germany, are known to charge the families of prisoners executed by firing squad for the cost of the bullets used to end the lives of the condemned. This is known as the “bullet fee.”

Kevin Spacey was ordered to pay $31 million to producer MRC after being fired from the popular Netflix series. house of cards in early November 2017 in the midst of the first wave of the #MeToo witch hunt.

Kevin Spacey in 2013

Spacey was fired, and the sixth (and final) season of house of cards abbreviated, based on unsubstantiated or anonymous claims of alleged sexual harassment. The actor has not been convicted of any crime, and the only case that has made it to court so far, in Massachusetts, fell apart ignominiously in 2019. He recently traveled to the UK to contest various allegations of sexual misconduct.

Arbitrator Bruce Friedman awarded the $31 million award against Spacey in October 2020 and it was confirmed last week by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana.

In essence, the producers, along with Netflix, reacted hysterically to the allegations in 2017, terrified that they would be seen as “soft” for sexual misconduct in the prevailing witch-hunt atmosphere. Having wrongfully gotten rid of Spacey and thereby ruining his own show (the final season of house of cards without the actor it was virtually unwatchable), the producers are now demanding that they be paid for their own deplorable and thoughtless conduct. And the legal system, most recently in the form of Judge Recana’s opinion affirming the multi-million dollar prize, has vindicated its position.

On October 29, 2017, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had made sexual advances on him in 1986, 31 years earlier, when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Two days later, MRC and Netflix announced that they would suspend production of house of cards, who had started shooting, and was investigating the claims. On November 2, CNN published an article containing anonymous accusations that the actor had sexually harassed and even sexually assaulted without a name. house of cards crew members.

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