- On Friday, Kevin Spacey’s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss actor Anthony Rapp’s sex assault complaint.
- Rapp’s allegations of assault, battery, and intentional infliction of mental anguish, according to his lawyers, must be dismissed owing to a lack of proof.
- When Rapp went public with his claim in 2017, others did the same, and Spacey’s once-famous career came to a halt.
Kevin Spacey, through his lawyers, sought a judge on Friday to dismiss actor Anthony Rapp’s sex assault case, claiming that allegations that he molested the then-teenage Rapp during a 1980s party are false.
In documents filed in federal court in Manhattan, the lawyers claimed that the alleged incidents Rapp detailed never happened. Rapp has appeared on Broadway in “Rent” and on television in “Star Trek: Discovery.”
He claimed in his lawsuit that he attended a party at Spacey’s Manhattan home in 1986, where a 26-year-old Spacey “engaged in a sexual approach” by grabbing Rapp’s buttocks and dragging him onto a bed, and laying on his body without Rapp’s consent. Before leaving the party, Rapp claimed he “had to detach himself.”
Spacey’s lawyers argued that the alleged encounter did not qualify as sexual abuse under New York law. Spacey’s only alleged touch with an “intimate” portion of the body was when the older actor grazed the 14-year-old Rapp’s buttocks when picking him up. According to the lawyers, Rapp “wriggled out” with no resistance in a less than 30-second meeting.
The lawyers noted that there was no additional proof that any brief contact between Spacey’s hand as well as Rapp’s buttocks was for sexual satisfaction or to demean or abuse Rapp.
According to the lawyers, Rapp’s claims for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of mental distress must be dismissed due to a lack of proof.
According to them, Spacey “flatly denies” that any of what Rapp recounted happened.
Rapp’s lawyers did not respond to a request for comment right away.
When Rapp initially made his claim public in 2017, others followed suit, and Spacey’s once-famous career came to a standstill. At the time, Spacey wrote a statement apologizing for the incident but claiming he didn’t remember it.
Spacey gained an Academy Award for Best Actor for depicting a frustrated suburban parent who lusts after his daughter’s best friend in the 1999 film “American Beauty.”
Rapp’s lawyers have requested that the case be transferred to state court, claiming that Spacey cannot prove he has lived in Maryland and qualifies for the variety of citizenship required to keep the case in federal court.
They claim that he has spent most of his time in London since 2003.
They claimed he only lived in Maryland from 2014 to 2017 while filming his Emmy-winning part in “House of Cards.” Former show employees said that Spacey made the production a “toxic” environment, and one ex-employee claimed the actor sexually attacked him. He was sacked from the show days after Rapp went public, and former show workers said that Spacey made the production a “toxic” workplace.
In November, an arbitrator ruled that Spacey and his producing firms must pay $31 million to the Netflix political thriller’s studio for losses suffered from his sacking.
Spacey took his case to a panel of three additional private arbitrators, who ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, making the ruling final and public.
In 2019, Massachusetts prosecutors rejected a criminal complaint brought against him and indecent assault and battery accusation coming from the alleged groping of an 18-year-old male at a Nantucket resort.
Source: CTV News
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