Accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in 1986, Kevin Spacey appears in civil proceedings in New York

published on Friday 07 October 2022 at 01:01

Five years after the rise of #MeToo, fallen star Kevin Spacey appeared in New York on Thursday in a civil lawsuit filed by American actor Anthony Rapp, who accused him of “sexual assault” when he was 14 years old in 1986, which the ” House of Cards”. “The actor denies.

The former Oscar-winning star actor was quite relaxed and smiling, dressed in a blue suit, white shirt and tie, sitting just feet from his accuser Anthony Rapp in Manhattan’s Federal Civil Court all day.

Anthony Rapp, 51 at the end of October, is seeking $40 million in damages. He is much less famous than Kevin Spacey, 63 years old. He played in particular in the series “Star Trek: Discovery”.

Before a popular jury of six women and six men, the lawyers of the two actors faced each other on the first afternoon of a trial that should last ten days.

The events date back to 1986.

Anthony Rapp is 14 years old, he is a trainee actor on Broadway. Spacey is also a young stage actor, an unknown just 27 years old.

– Encounter on Broadway –

Teenage Rapp and young Spacey meet briefly backstage at a New York theater, and the latter invites him a week later to dinner with friends at his Manhattan studio.

According to the prosecution and Presiding Judge Lewis Kaplan, who recorded the events in a warrant last June, once the guests left the small party, Spacey and Rapp found themselves sitting on the edge of the bed, the television on.

Spacey then “picks up” the teen and “his hand + rubs + the garment covering his buttocks for a few seconds.” Spacey then “puts Rapp to bed, on his back, before going to bed fully clothed, briefly, next to and on top of” the 14-year-old.

Anthony Rapp manages to “break free” and leaves the studio.

But more than 35 years after the events, his lawyer Peter Saghir accused Kevin Spacey on Thursday of having “deliberately” sought to “satisfy his sexual desires.”

“It was not a simple boo,” thundered the lawyer.

However, in this civil trial – the criminal procedure had been abandoned after Rapp’s complaint in September 2020 – the initial charge of “sexual assault” was not upheld by Judge Kaplan.

The facts are considered time-barred and outside the scope of a 2019 New York State child protection law, which may extend the statute of limitations.

– ‘Emotional stress’ –

The judge upheld the charge of “harming the bodily integrity” of Anthony Rapp by causing him “emotional distress”.

In fact, for Kevin Spacey’s lawyer, Jennifer Keller, the sexual assault “never happened.” Anthony Rapp “repeated the same false story” in the media but “never to the police,” she charged.

In late October 2017, at the start of the #MeToo movement, Mr. Rapp first accused Mr. Spacey, in great detail, on BuzzFeed News. The following day on Twitter, Kevin Spacey had presented him with his “sincere apology” for his “drunk and deeply inappropriate (male) behaviour”.

During his testimony before the trial, Anthony Rapp had admitted that there was no “kissing, nudity, touching under the clothes and statements or insinuations of a sexual nature” during an “exchange” that did not last longer. of two minutes.

The twice Oscar-winning actor for “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty”, Kevin Spacey Fowler by his full name, disappeared from screens and forums after being one of the first artists swept away just five years ago by the global wave. from United States.

He has already had brushes with the law in the United States and the United Kingdom. In London he is being prosecuted for sexual assaults on three men between March 2005 and April 2013, when he was a theater director, and to which he pleaded not guilty last July.

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