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Sexual Harassment and ‘House of Cards’

Published: December 30, 2021 0012 10:00 am


house of cards | Gold Law firmThe world has watched actor Kevin Spacey’s career take a major nosedive as allegations of Sexual Harassment abound. In October 2017, while Spacey was filming the series, “House of Cards,” actor Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey made a sexual advance toward him when he was 14. Since that time, more than 30 additional individuals came forward with similar allegations against Spacey. 

All the allegations involved “inappropriate behavior,” and all the individuals were young men over the age of 18 except for Rapp. When the allegations surfaced, Spacey’s agent, publicist, and the industry at large backed away from the actor. Spacey later addressed the public in a rather bizarre YouTube video (although some have suggested the video was fake—an example of a computer-generated simulation). 

In January 2019, Space was arraigned in a Nantucket District court regarding an alleged 2016 assault of an 18-year-old at a bar.  Netflix responded to the charges and allegations by killing Spacey’s fictional character, promoting actress Robin Wright to solo lead for the final season of House of Cards

According to the New York Times, thirteen months ago (but just recently made public), an arbitrator ruled that Spacey and his production companies owe the studio behind House of Cards almost $31 million for breach of contract. The studio claimed that Spacey was the star of the Netflix series, which ran for six seasons, playing the main character. The allegations of sexual abuse came out while the sixth season was in production. While the investigation was underway, production on the series was suspended. 

Spacey was later fired from the show. MRC and Netflix argued that Spacey’s behavior cost the studio millions of dollars, and the arbitrator apparently agreed. The $31 million covered compensatory damages and lawyers’ fees. Mr. Spacey’s attorney declined to comment about the settlement agreement. Studio executives said they believe in accountability, and that everyone should feel safe in their workplace. 


Colorado Law Takes Sexual Harassment Seriously

In the state of Colorado, sexual harassment is any unwelcome behavior that can create a hostile work environment due to the employee’s sex. Whether the harasser is a manager, supervisor, co-worker, vendor, or customer, frequently the harasser will be in a position of power over the victim.  Same-sex harassment violates the law in the same manner as sexual harassment between two genders. 

Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, or blatant requests for sexual favors in return for a job advancement or bonus. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, it is important to speak to report the harassment to a superior or to HR, then speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. 


Contact Our Denver Sexual Assault Attorneys

Gold Law FirmAt the Gold Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be safe in their workplace. That’s why we take allegations of sexual assault and harassment very seriously. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment, call our law firm immediately.


You deserve to have a law firm on your side that can fight for your right to justice. Call the Gold Law Firm today. We can meet with you for a FREE and 100% confidential evaluation to answer all your questions. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653. With offices in Denver, Brush, Durango, and Loveland, we are here to help you.


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