An American judge on Monday rejected a claim by actor Anthony Rapp (50) in his case against Kevin Spacey (63). The actor previously testified that a drunk Kevin jumped him during a party in 1986. He would have suffered emotional damage.
“I didn’t live a lie”
Rapp was 14 years old when the incident took place at a party at Kevin’s Manhattan apartment. The young actor was then at the beginning of his career. He said he was able to avoid Kevin Spacey’s advances, but said that he suffered for a long time from the shocking experience. However, the judge found that the claim was a repeat of previous charges Anthony had filed against Kevin.
Those charges remain, media in the United States report. They are judged by a jury after Kevin has spoken and both parties have presented closing arguments.
Kevin again denied having sexually assaulted Anthony on Monday. He also commented on an earlier statement by Anthony. He called him an impostor because he did not reveal his sexual orientation. Kevin’s lawyer asked his client on Monday what he thought of Anthony’s accusation. “Calling someone a cheater is, I think, saying you think they’re living a lie,” said the 63-year-old actor. “I wasn’t living a lie. I was just reluctant to talk about my personal life,” Kevin said.
Anthony filed a civil lawsuit against Kevin and is seeking $40 million in damages for, among other things, inflicting emotional distress. In 2017, he was the first of a string of men to accuse the actor of sexual misconduct. Kevin has always denied the allegations.