A lawsuit filed against Kevin Spacey will move forward. In 2020, a person going by the initials C.D filed together with Anthony Rapp a sexual abuse lawsuit against Kevin Spacey.
C.D claims were dropped by a NY Judge on the grounds that C.D has to reveal his identity. However, Rapp’s claims remained.
In Sept 2021, the civil suit was discussed in a New York federal court on a Thursday afternoon.
Pretrial arguments were heard from legal teams on both sides in Anthony Rapp’s assault and battery case against the former “House of Cards” actor, according to Fox News. Rapp is suing Spacey for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Rapp’s allegations against Spacey, first made in 2001 in an Advocate article that didn’t identify the Oscar winner and then revived in a 2017 Buzzfeed article with the star’s name revealed, became the first domino in a sequence of many allegations in the U.S. and U.K. that would ultimately take down Spacey’s career.
This lawsuit should not be a surprise as Kevin Spacey’s name was dropped during the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial. Another name that was pronounced was that of Prince Andrew Duke of York whom is himself facing a sexual abuse trial filed by his victim, Virginia Giuffre.
In 2017, the original-cast “Rent” actor said Spacey had befriended him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26, and both were acting on Broadway. Then, Rapp alleged, he was invited to Spacey’s for a party, after which his host picked him up, put him on a bed and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance. Rapp said he escaped to a bathroom.
Rapp and a co-defendant known only as “C.D.” filed the lawsuit in September 2020 with the Supreme Court in New York. It was later moved to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
However, C.D. — a student of Spacey’s in the 1980s who alleged the actor engaged in sex with him and tried to sodomize him when he was around 14 — would not reveal his identity to the court and was dropped from the case this past June.
Judge Lewis A Kaplan’s, who is also the judge in charge or Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse case, opinion on the matter is the fact that C.D. spoke to a number of people, including Rapp and members of the media, about his claims of Spacey sexually abusing him in the early 1980s, when the now 50+-years-old plaintiff was a minor.
Other court proceedings against the actor, who came out as gay after Rapp’s accusations went public, haven’t succeeded.
A federal sexual-assault case brought against Spacey in L.A. by a massage therapist was dropped in December 2019 after the masseur died. He had alleged that he was forced to touch the actor’s genitals during a 2016 massage at Spacey’s home. Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges.
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