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Kevin Spacey didn’t assault actor Anthony Rapp in 1986


Oct. 20 (UPI) — Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is not liable for assault and battery against Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp, a jury ruled Thursday.

According to NBC News, the jury deliberated for just under 90 minutes Thursday afternoon. Rapp’s attorneys looked dejected as they left the midtown Manhattan courthouse.

“Anthony spoke his truth in court,” Richard Steigman, Rapp’s attorney, told NBC News. “While we respect the jury’s verdict, nothing changes that.”

Spacey was seen hugging one of his lawyers as the verdict was read.

“I am very grateful to the jury for seeing through these false allegations,” Spacey’s attorney Jennifer Keller said.

Rapp had alleged in the civil lawsuit that Spacey rode him at a party in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.

The lawsuit lasted three weeks, with Rapp seeking $40 million in damages. Spacey’s lawyers argued that Rapp “made up a story” because he was jealous of Spacey’s success.

The jury found that Spacey did not touch any sexual or intimate part of Rapp, meaning it could not hold him liable under the Child Victims Act.

Rapp’s accusation in October 2017 was followed by more than a dozen other accusations of sexual misconduct against Spacey. He also faces sexual assault charges in Britain.

In a British court in July, he pleaded not guilty to several sexual assault charges against three men on different occasions for nearly 20 years.

The judge told Spacey that his criminal trial would begin in June 2023. It is expected to last a few weeks.

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