Today in court, Kevin Spacey faced his accusers. Earlier this year, Broadway star Anthony Rapp accused the actor of sexual assault, claiming that he tried to seduce him when he was only a teenager.
In 2017, Rapp alleged to Buzzfeed that Spacey groped him and tried to seduce him when he was 14 years old. A number of other allegations of sexual assault followed, leaving Spacey scrambling to salvage his career.
On Thursday morning, 63-year-old “House of Cards” star arrived at Manhattan federal court for jury selection in an upcoming civil trial that is expected to last two weeks and feature testimony from both men.
When Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26, the actor allegedly invited him to his apartment for a party, where he made a sexual advance.
In a tweet, he said that he didn’t recall the event. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” he added.
Rapp’s accusations have been the center of Spacey’s sexual harassment and misconduct claims. Three months ago, he pleaded not guilty to charges in London that he sexually assaulted three men when during his time as artistic director at the Old Vic theater.
Spacey was ordered to pay $30.9 million to the makers of “House of Cards” after he violated his contract by sexually harassing crew members.
In 2018, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker was accused of indecent assault and battery at a Nantucket bar, where he was allegedly groping a guy; however, Massachusetts authorities dismissed the case in 2019. His accuser also dropped a civil lawsuit against him over the event.
Rapp, best known for his role on “Star Trek: Discovery,” is suing for PTSD, mental and emotional anguish, medical expenses, and lost wages after alleging that he was the victim of a violent encounter.
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