A federal judge on Monday denied Kevin Spacey’s request to dismiss a civil lawsuit in which actor Anthony Rapp accused the Oscar-winning actor of making an unwanted sexual advance at a party at Spacey’s in Manhattan in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said there was a genuine factual dispute over whether Spacey, now 62, forcibly touched Rapp’s ‘private parts’ to satisfy his own desire sexual.
Kaplan said Rapp, 50, who seeks compensatory and punitive damages, can sue for assault and willful infliction of emotional distress. The judge dismissed an assault complaint because Rapp brought it too late.
A lawyer for Spacey did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Spacey has in court documents “categorically” denied Rapp’s accusations.
Rapp’s attorney, Peter Saghir, declined to comment.
Once among Hollywood’s biggest stars, Spacey fell out of favor after Rapp accused him of misconduct in October 2017, and other accusers have come forward.
Last month, British authorities authorized criminal charges against Spacey for alleged sexual assaults against three men between 2005 and 2013. Spacey could officially face the charges if he enters England or Wales.
The actor’s accolades have included the Oscars in 2000 for Best Actor in “American Beauty” and in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor in “The Usual Suspects.” He also won a Tony in 1991 for best featured actor in a play from Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers”.
Netflix pulled Spacey from his starring role in ‘House of Cards’ after accusations began to surface and the show ended without him.
During the alleged 1986 encounter, Spacey grabbed Rapp’s buttocks, lifted him onto a bed and lay on top of him before Rapp “orched himself off,” according to court documents.
Rapp testified that there were no kisses, stripping, reaching under clothing, sexualized statements or innuendo, and that the encounter lasted no longer than two minutes.
He sued Spacey in September 2020 and invoked the Child Victims Act, a New York law giving accusers a since-expired window to prosecute abuses committed decades earlier.
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