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Kevin Spacey’s trial set to begin nearly five years after Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual abuse


The jury selection process is set to begin on Thursday morning in the civil trial of Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning star accused by fellow actor Anthony Rapp of sexual abuse at a New York party in 1986 when Rapp was 14. .

The start of the lawsuit comes nearly five years after Rapp first publicly detailed his allegations, which Spacey has denied. Rapp alleges Spacey grabbed his bottom, lifted him onto a bed and briefly lay on top of him before Rapp “squirmed”, according to court documents.

“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp told BuzzFeed News in an October 2017 article. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware he was trying to have sex. with me.”

In a tweet the day after the BuzzFeed article was published, Spacey, who would have been 26 or 27 in 1986, said he had no recollection of the alleged incident. He wrote in part: “If I behaved then as he describes, I owe him the most sincere apologies for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”

Rapp, 50, was one of the first people to make sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey, 63, at the start of the #MeToo movement. The charges brought an abrupt end to Spacey’s career in the entertainment industry.

Everything you need to know about Kevin Spacey’s trial

  • The plaintiff, “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp, first publicly accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault in a 2017 BuzzFeed News article.
  • Spacey denies Rapp’s allegations.
  • The trial will focus on Rapp’s allegations of assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The judge dismissed the sexual assault complaint because Rapp filed it too late, according to court documents.

Spacey’s trial will take place in midtown Manhattan at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The presiding judge is Lewis A. Kaplan, who has overseen high-profile cases involving Guantanamo Bay inmates and New York mobsters.

Rapp is expected to speak after the trial officially begins. He currently stars in the Paramount+ series “Star Trek: Discovery”. He is also known for starring in the original Broadway production of “Rent” and for starring in the movie “Dazed and Confused.”

The trial will focus on Rapp’s allegations of assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Kaplan dismissed a sexual assault complaint because Rapp filed it too late, according to a court document filed in June.

Rapp seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Spacey’s legal woes extend beyond the New York trial.

In the UK, he faces charges of sexually assaulting three men a decade or more ago. He pleaded not guilty in July at a hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court.

He is due to stand trial in the UK from June 6, 2023, according to the Associated Press.

Separately, a Los Angeles judge ruled in August that Spacey and his companies were to pay nearly $31 million to the producers of Netflix’s “House of Cards” over losses incurred after he was fired for alleged sexual harassment of members. crew, according to court documents.

Spacey, who played dastardly fictional president Frank Underwood, denies the harassment allegations.

His character was killed off, and Spacey co-star Robin Wright assumed the lead role for the show’s sixth and final season.

Spacey won Oscars for the films “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.”

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