Civil court dismisses actor Anthony Rapp who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault

A civil court dismisses actor Anthony Rapp who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual touching


The popular jury in a civil court in New York on Thursday dismissed actor Anthony Rapp, who accused fallen Hollywood star Kevin Spacey of sexually touching him, when he was a teenager at a Manhattan party 36 years ago. 

The jury released its decision after a short deliberation, rejecting claims by Anthony Rapp, 50 , who was claiming $40 million in damages.

Shortly after the deliberations were read, Kevin Spacey left the court, rushing into the back of a black vehicle without making any statements to the journalists.

The case, revealed at the end of October 2017, at the very beginning of the #metoo phenomenon of free speech on sexual violence, was followed by other accusations of sexual assault against the actor, causing him to be sidelined in the world of show business.

The man who played a politician ready to do anything to acquire power in Washington, in the worldwide hit Netflix series “House of Cards”, has not finished with the legal trouble.

The 63-year-old actor is still being prosecuted for sexual assaults against three men between March 2005 and April 2013, when he was the director of a London theater, and for which he pleaded not guilty last July.

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In New York City, the popular 12-person jury answered no to whether Anthony Rapp, who filed the lawsuit in 2020, demonstrated that “Kevin Spacey had touched his private parts”, in May 1986, at a party he was giving in his apartment in New York. 

Anthony Rapp, who plays in the series “Star Trek: Discovery” was then 14 years old, while Kevin Spacey was 26. At the time, one and the other played on the boards of Broadway in New York, in two separate shows.

The two actors were present throughout the trial, from its beginning on October 6, and maintained their version of the events.

Anthony Rapp assured that during the evening at Kevin Spacey's, the actor had made him undergo a trauma by taking him in his arms and carrying him “like a groom carries his bride”, before putting him on his bed and lie down against him briefly, fully clothed. According to a June order which recorded the facts, “his hand” then “rubbed for a few seconds the garment covering (the) buttocks” of Anthony Rapp.

The actor revealed to the general public for his roles in “Seven” (1995) and “Usual Suspects” (1996, Oscar for best supporting role), then consecrated in 2000 by an Oscar for best actor (“American Beauty”) vigorously contested the charges.

“That's not true! “, he assured Tuesday, during his cross-examination led by the lawyer of Anthony Rapp.

He said that he had indeed met Anthony Rapp in May 1986, but with another comedian, John Barrowman, 19 at the time, and that he had flirted with the second, but not the first.

Why then did he apologize in October 2017 — while saying he couldn't remember the facts — when the affair had come to light? Kevin Spacey explained that he had done so on the recommendation of his agents.

At the time, he used the opportunity to come out as gay, which brought him even more criticism , some accusing him of trying to divert attention.

In court, Mr. Spacey explained that his homosexuality had always been a difficult subject for him, in particular because of the rejection of his father, whom he called a “white supremacist” and a “neo-Nazi”.