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Kevin Spacey ordered to pay

for House of Cards losses

LOS ANGELES – Kevin Spacey and his production companies have to pay the studio behind “The House of Cards” more than $ 30 million due to losses caused by his dismissal for sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration award issued last Monday.

A document filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court seeking a judge’s approval of the decision says arbitrators found Spacey violated his contract’s professional conduct requirements by “engage in a certain behavior in relation to several crew members during each of the five seasons in which he played and produced” House of Cards “”.

MRC, the studio behind “House of Cards” had to fire Spacey, halt production on the show’s sixth season, rewrite it to remove Spacey’s central character, and shorten it from 13 to eight episodes to meet deadlines, resulting in tens of millions of losses, according to the document.

“The safety of our employees, our sets and our working environments is of paramount importance to the MRC and that is why we have decided to push for accountability” MRC said in a statement Monday.

A Spacey representative did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. His lawyers argued that the actor’s actions were not a substantial factor in the show’s losses.

The decision came after a more than three-year legal battle and eight-day hearing kept from the public, as well as the remainder of the dispute.

Spacey appealed the ruling to a panel of three other private arbitrators, who ruled for the plaintiffs, making the decision final and public on Monday.

“MRC stood firm, pursued this matter fiercely and finally obtained the right result”, Complainant’s attorney, Michael Kump, said in a statement.

The 62-year-old Oscar-winning actor’s career came to an abrupt end at the end of 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum.

Actor Anthony Rapp, who appeared in “To rent” on Broadway and in the movies as well as in “Star Trek: Discovery” on television, said Spacey made a sexual advance on him when he was 14 at a party in the 1980s.

At the time, Spacey released a statement saying he didn’t remember the meeting but apologized.

Several other accusers followed. Some, including Rapp, have filed a complaint.

Independent investigations have revealed widespread sexual harassment of those who worked under him.

Spacey has been fired or removed from several projects, including “House of Cards” Netflix’s political thriller where for five seasons he played the lead character Frank Underwood, a power-hungry congressman who becomes president.

Trump’s “Our Journey Together”

release scheduled for December 7

NEW YORK – Donald Trump’s first post-White House book will be, like so many about it, a departure from other former presidents.

Trump publishes a hardcover collection of hundreds of photographs of his administration, with his own captions, some handwritten. “Our way together” is slated for December 7, but not through a traditional New York publisher. Instead, it will be published by a new company formed by his son Donald Trump Jr. and campaign assistant Sergio Gor, Winning Team Publishing.

“Our trip together” presents unforgettable moments of our stay in Washington: construction of the southern border wall; reduce US taxes; confirm nearly 300 federal judges and 3 Supreme Court judges; rebuild our army; creation of the Space Force; dealing with Kim Jong-Un, President Xi, President Putin and many other world leaders ”, the former president said in a statement on Friday.

While Barack Obama, George W. Bush and other recent Trump predecessors wrote memoirs and announced multi-million dollar deals with Penguin Random House and other publishing houses shortly after leaving office , New York publishers resisted working with Trump, especially after January 11. 6 siege of the United States Capitol by some of its supporters.

Two Fox contributors have resigned,

to cite “irresponsible” voices

NEW YORK – Two writers who were paid contributors to Fox News Channel quit, citing Tucker Carlson “Purge of the Patriots” documentary on the insurgency of the Capitol of the United States last January as a drop of water for them.

Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, who ran a Substack newsletter on Conservative news called The Dispatch, had worked for Fox since 2009.

“The voices of those responsible are stifled by the irresponsible” they wrote on their site. They did not immediately resend the Associated Press messages on Monday.

Fox did not comment on their reviews. Carlson told The New York Times that their departure was great news. “Our viewers will be grateful”, he said.

“Purge of the Patriots” is a three-part documentary released last month on streaming service Fox Nation. In it, Carlson argues that January 6 is used as a pretext for persecuting American conservatives, and compares it to how lies were used in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Goldberg and Hayes called the documentary a collection of inconsistent conspiracies, which is “Riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, misleading images and damning omissions.” “

They said it was the most egregious example of a long-term tendency for opinion leaders to amplify false claims and bizarre narratives by former President Donald Trump, while the news section from Fox is reporting the truth.

“If a person with such a platform shares such misinformation loud enough and long enough, there are Americans who will believe it – and act on it,” they wrote. “It’s not theoretical. This is what really happened on January 6, 2021.

12 people will be tried for the burglary of a Kardashian West jewel in Paris

PARIS – Twelve people are on trial in Paris for a $ 10 million jewelry theft targeting Kim Kardashian West in 2016, authorities said on Friday.

The reality TV star said she was tied up at gunpoint and locked in a bathroom after armed thieves forced their way into her rented Paris apartment during fashion week.

After five years of investigation, the investigating judges ordered the referral of the case to trial, said a judicial official on Friday. The 12 suspects face a slew of charges related to the theft. No trial date has been set and the official will not provide further details.

Several suspects have been released from prison pending trial on health grounds, including Yunice Abbas, 68, one of five men accused of carrying out the heist himself, who published a book in this topic last year.

The alleged mastermind, Aomar Ait Khedache, wrote Kardashian West a letter of apology from his prison cell, saying he regrets his actions and realizes the psychological damage he caused.

No phones or laptops allowed in Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A federal judge has said no phones, laptops or recording devices will be allowed in next week’s child pornography trial against former reality TV star Josh Duggar.

U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks issued the order ahead of the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Fayetteville, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Duggar, who appeared in TLC’s “19 children and counting”, was charged in April with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. Duggar, 33, faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $ 250,000 on each count if convicted.

TLC fired “19 children and counting” in 2015 following revelations that Duggar assaulted four of his sisters and a babysitter. Duggar’s parents said he confessed to the touching and apologized.

By the associated press

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