LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Thursday ruled Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the makers of “House of Cards” nearly $31 million because of losses brought on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members. The ruling from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mel Red Recana gives the force of law to the $30.9 award in favor of MRC and other companies that produced the Netflix series by a private arbitrator who heard the case against Spacey. Recana wrote Spacey and his attorneys “fail to demonstrate that this is even a close case” and “do not demonstrate that the damages award was so utterly irrational that it amounts to an arbitrary remaking of the parties’ contracts.” “We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MRC attorney Michael Kump said in an email to the Associated Press. Spacey has denied the allegations through his attorneys and his spokesperson, who did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment. The arbitrator found 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,” according to a filing from Kump requesting the approval. As a result, MRC had to fire Spacey, ——— TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Children’s music performer Ella Jenkins, is 98. Actor-director Peter Bonerz, is 84. Actor Louise Sorel, “Days of Our Lives” is 82. Actor Ray Buktenica, “Rhoda” is 79. Actor Dorian Harewood, is 72. Actor Catherine Hicks, “Seventh Heaven” is 71. Singer Pat MacDonald, of Timbuk 3, is 70. Actor Stepfanie Kramer, “Hunter” is 66. Actor Faith Prince, is 65. Singer Randy DeBarge, of DeBarge, is 64. Actor Leland Orser, “ER” is 63. Actor Michelle Yeoh, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is 60. Country singers Peggy and Patsy Lynn, of The Lynns, are 58. Actor Jeremy Ratchford, “Cold Case” is 57. Actor Benito Martinez, “American Crime,” “The Shield” is 54. Country singer Lisa Stewart, is 54. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, “The Sixth Sense” is 52. Actor Merrin Dungey, “Summerland,” “Alias” is 51. Singer Geri Halliwell Horner, of Spice Girls, is 50. Actor Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars”is 50. Actor Vera Farmiga, “Up In The Air,” “The Departed” is 49. Actor Soleil Moon Frye, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Punky Brewster” is 46. Actor Melissa George, “Alias,” “Grey’s Anatomy” is 46. Singer, Travis McCoy, of Gym Class Heroes, is 41. Actor Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton,” “Smash” is 41. Bassist Eric Roberts, of Gym Class Heroes, is 38.