Kevin Spacey faces New York jury in sexual assault court case

Kevin Spacey faces New York jury in sexual assault court case

 

 

Kevin Spacey appeared in a New York court on Thursday to face an accusation by fellow actor Anthony Rapp that he was sexually abused by the actor as a minor.
 
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Star Trek: Discovery star Rapp, now 50, filed a complaint against Spacey in 2020, for advances and an alleged sexual assault at a party in Manhattan in 1986, when he was 14.
 
The House of Cards star, 63, has always denied the allegation.
 
Rapp is seeking $40m (£36m) in damages.
 
During opening arguments in the case, presided over by Judge Lewis Kaplan, Rapp's lawyer Peter Saghir told a jury of six men and six women that Spacey, then in his late 20s, committed "unacceptable" acts against his then-teenaged client, "intentionally to satisfy the drive of his sexual desires".
 
The alleged assault, at Spacey's New York apartment, "never should have happened", Mr Saghir continued. "He was 14 years old."
 
Spacey, who went on to star in films like The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, has kept a fairly low profile since the allegation, which emerged in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which highlighted widespread abuse in the film industry.
 
Last month, Rapp spoke about his accusation in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
 
Spacey responded online, offering his "sincerest apology" to Rapp for any "deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour", saying he did not recall the alleged incident.
 
Rapp filed a civil lawsuit after a 2020 criminal charge of sexual assault was dismissed by a judge.
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