Kevin Spacey says actor Anthony Rapp’s sexual abuse allegations against him were “absolutely false” as his lawyers asked a US judge to drop the case.
The 61-year-old actor “categorically” denied the allegations, saying he “had no sexual interest or desire in Mr. Rapp at the time or since.”
Spacey has been in exile from Hollywood since Rapp accused him of inappropriate behavior in October 2017.
Rapp claimed he was the victim of an “unsolicited sexual advance” at a party in 1986 when he was 14 years old.
Documents filed in New York on Friday and viewed by the PA news agency claimed Spacey surprised Rapp at the party by picking him up and putting him on a bed.
The documents say Spacey then pressed his body weight against Rapp before the actor “wobbled out” without resistance during the brief encounter.
Spacey said none of his interactions with Rapp “were for the purpose of demeaning or abusing him.”
I met Mr. Rapp a few decades ago. I have never had a sexual encounter with Mr. Rapp. I had no sexual interests or desires in Mr. Rapp at that time or any other time.Kevin Spacey
“I categorically deny plaintiff Anthony Rapp’s allegation that I sexually assaulted or otherwise ‘sexually assaulted’ him,” said the 61-year-old.
“I met Mr. Rapp a few decades ago. I have never had a sexual encounter with Mr. Rapp. I had no sexual interests or desires in Mr. Rapp at that time or any other time.
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“I also had no physical contact with Mr. Rapp or any other interaction with him for the purpose of his or my sexual gratification.
“Neither did I have physical contact with Mr. Rapp or any other interaction with him that was aimed at demeaning or abusing him.
“Any other suggestion by Mr. Rapp or anyone else is absolutely wrong.”
While Spacey’s attorneys deny the entire 1984 incident, in documents viewed by PA they argued that the alleged encounter did not qualify as sexual abuse since the only alleged contact with an “intimate” part of Rapp’s body was that Spacey’s Hand allegedly grazed Rapp’s buttocks, the older actor picked him up.
Rapp’s testimony confirmed that there was no touching that would constitute criminal behavior and there was no other evidence that the contact was for the purpose of sexual gratification or the humiliation or abuse of Rapp, they said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/kevin-spacey-says-allegations-of-sexual-abuse-in-1986-are-absolutely-false-41536126.html Kevin Spacey says 1986 sex abuse allegations are ‘absolutely false’