Kevin Spacey faced jurors Thursday when a lawyer told them Spacey was trying to satisfy sexual urges when he jumped onto a bed at a party in 1986 on a then 14-year-old actor, but the Of Cards star was a House of Representatives attorney said it never happened.
Opening statements in a trial expected to last less than two weeks came in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Rapp, the actor who in 2017 made the first of a string of sexual misconduct allegations that left Spacey’s theater and filmmaking career in tatters.
The lawsuit stems from an alleged encounter between the two men in 1986, when Rapp appeared as a child actor in a Broadway play and Spacey, then 26, broke through on Broadway.
Mr Rapp said the older actor invited him to a party at his Manhattan apartment and then tried to seduce him in a bedroom after the other guests left.
That was an intentional act, it’s not bullshitLawyer Peter Saghir
Mr Rapp’s lawyer, Peter Saghir, said a drunk, swaying Spacey took him in his arms like a groom carrying “a bride over a threshold”, then placed him on a bed and climbed on top of him.
Mr Saghir said Mr Rapp would testify that he quickly squirmed away and fled to a bathroom before rejoining Spacey near the door as he tried to leave.
“Are you sure you want to go?” The attorney said Spacey asked him.
Mr Saghir said Spacey tried to get Mr Rapp to stay “to satisfy his sexual desire” after he pressed his pelvis into Mr Rapp’s hips as they lay on the bed.
“It was a premeditated act,” the attorney said. “It’s not nonsense.”
When Mr. Rapp told Buzzfeed his story in 2017, when the #MeToo movement began to swept Hollywood, Spacey said he had no recollection of the incident, “but if I acted as he describes at the time, I owe him.” the sincerest excuse for what was about to happen was deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
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However, Spacey’s legal team has since stated that the allegation is false. Mr. Rapp never attended the party, they said. And even if it had happened the way Mr. Rapp described it, they would not have made any sexual advances.
Mr. Rapp wants compensation for mental and spiritual suffering, medical expenses and loss of work.
Once you’ve heard both sides, you’ll be convinced that this alleged attack never happened in the first placeJennifer Keller
Jennifer Keller, who is representing Spacey, said the actor has avoided discussing the case in media and social media but is looking forward to testifying in court.
“He wants justice,” she said. “Once you’ve heard both sides, you’ll be convinced that this alleged attack never happened at all.”
Ms Keller said Mr Rapp sued Spacey, 63, and spoke out “for attention, likeability and to raise his own profile” as Spacey’s career made him a household name, while Mr Rapp’s career has never been quite the same bloomed.
In 2019, Massachusetts prosecutors dropped indecent assault and battery charges after a man said Spacey groped him at a Nantucket bar. Spacey said he was innocent. His accuser also dropped a civil charge.
Spacey won a Best Actor Oscar for his role in American Beauty, a 1999 film in which he played a frustrated suburban father who longs for his teenage daughter’s best friend.
Mr. Rapp, who starred in films such as Adventures In Babysitting as a teenager, was part of the original Broadway cast of Rent and is now a regular on TV’s Star Trek: Discovery.
Both Mr. Rapp and Spacey are expected to testify at the trial.
Additional witnesses will include a psychologist who believes Mr. Rapp suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of meeting Spacey.
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