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(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) The recent ruling represents a significant shift in the insulated nature of actors.
This week a hearing delivered a small surprise when it ruled on a case involving Hollywood star Kevin Spacey in a case brought against the actor by the production studio MRC. The arbitration found that Spacey will be responsible for tens of millions of dollars payable to the studio because of the manner that he impacted the production of the television show “House Of Cards”.
It was in 2017 when Spacey was taken down for inappropriate sexual behavior, as the MeToo movement provoked a number of individuals to testify that Spacey behaved in an inappropriately aggressive fashion with some on set, as well as in his past. As a result of his actions, the actor ended up needing to depart the show and impacting the production. Due to the fallout, MRC has brought suit against Spacey and his production company — and this is a ruling that should have Alec Baldwin deeply concerned. AP Photo/Steven Senne The arbiter found that Spacey’s actions and his production connections to the show led to his being responsible for the negative impact he caused. A document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting a judge’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behavior by “engaging certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards.” The change that needs to be recognized is that for as long as most remember, celebrities have managed to elude responsibilities for anti-social behavior. This represents a shift, and not because of MeToo, though that was the impetus. The shift worth noting is that many established stars have moved into producing these days and that connective tissue brings a new level of responsibility. Beyond a morals clause that could have a paycheck affected, this professional involvement carries a deeper level of culpability.
And this is where Baldwin could be facing some serious accountability. The story of the on-set shooting during […]
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