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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Like a House of Cards: On suing fellow actors for lost revenue

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 7:15 AM

With Netflix pulling the plug on Kevin Spacey’s popular series House of Cards after Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing a teenaged boy in 1986, one is forced to contemplate the question: how long till actors face lawsuits from fellow actors over lost revenue?

Even though there have been accounts that the current season of House of Cards was to be the last anyway, the accusation against Spacey will no doubt have an effect on DVD sales and residuals from reruns.

Think not?

How often do you see any of Bill Cosby’s work on TV anymore? Or that of Stephen Collins, who starred in 7th Heaven? Not nearly as much as before their own sexual misdeeds came to life?

If they were the only ones affected, it would be one thing, but you also have the concerns of other actors/producers/writers from these series, who no doubt will feel the bite in their bank accounts, through no fault of their own.

So, really, how long till someone like Kevin Spacey gets sued by former friends and cast mates? Or Bill Cosby, or a whole host of others whose marquee value is forever tainted by their behavior?

It can be a question of simple financial survival for some of the folks whose boats get caught up in the whirlpool created by men whose only mantra seems to be, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

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