Anthony Rapp has denied telling the writer about an article in which he accused Kevin Spacey of an “unwanted sexual act” to “get away from specificity”.
the actor said the alleged incident was the “most traumatic single event” of his life – as he sought to clarify aspects of the fierce cross-examination he faced with the legal team by Mr. Spacey on Tuesday.
Mr Rapp claims the promotion happened at a party in 1986 when he was 14 years old, an accusation the Hollywood actor has “clearly denied”.
The allegations were first published in a Buzzfeed article by journalist Adam Vary in October 2017.
The court was shown excerpts of a text exchange between Mr Vary and Mr Rapp prior to their publication.
In it, the writer said he could not verify some aspects of the story and suggested writing more ambiguous parts.
Mr. Vary suggests the story of the 1986 party also “avoid specificity”.
“Is this your idea of a reporter of integrity who would massage the story this way?” Mrs. Keller asked Mr. Rapp.
“To some extent,” Mr. Rapp replied.
Mr. Keller asked: “Did you ever tell Mr. Vary that this was dishonest journalism?”
Mr Rapp replied: “No.”
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Mr Rapp later said he had not told Mr Vary to stay away from specific dates or be vague with details, saying he was “not involved” in writing the article.
On Tuesday, the court said Spacey flirted with 19-year-old John Barrowman in 1986 at a New York nightclub before taking him and 14-year-old Rapp back to his apartment.
Mr. Spacey and Mr. Barrowman were in bed together, the court heard.
Mr Spacey’s attorney, Jennifer Keller, said her client had noticed Mr Barrowman throughout the evening and that “nothing inappropriate” had happened.
Mr. Spacey “didn’t offer (Mr Rapp) alcohol” and the pair were never alone together, Ms Keller told the court – something Mr Rapp accepted.
Asked if he believed he was “regarded as a tagalong” that night, Mr Rapp replied: “No.”
On Wednesday, he said he felt “included” in the conversations and did not see any flirting between Mr Spacey and Mr Barrowman.
Mr Rapp’s lawyer Peter Saghir then asked him why, out of all his “traumatic” experiences, he chose to speak about the alleged incident with Mr. Spacey.
“Because the memory of that is as etched in my memory as what happened in the bedroom with Kevin Spacey,” Rapp replied.
“It was the most traumatic event…when I look back on my life.
“I understand that experience and its effect on me over time and continues to have… it is different from those events because (they) do not have the same lasting impact.”
The hearing is expected to last for two weeks and is being held in the Southern District Court of New York, USA, presided over by Judge Lewis A Kaplan.
In a US civil case, any allegation that needs to be proven “on balance of probabilities” and not by criminal standards is “beyond all reasonable doubt”.
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