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Kevin Spacey denies sexual assault in court

Created: 10/17/2022 Updated: 10/17/2022, 10:17 p.m

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Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London in July. © Frank Augstein/AP/dpa

Actor Anthony Rapp has described an incident in court in which his colleague Kevin Spacey is said to have been abusive as the “most traumatic experience” of his life.

New York – US actor Kevin Spacey (63) has denied allegations of sexual assault in court. According to US media reports, the allegations are untrue, the former star of the series “House of Cards” said on Monday during a civil trial in New York. Earlier, the court, following a request from Spacey’s attorneys, dropped a portion of the charges alleging intentionally causing emotional distress.

The lawsuit was filed by actor Anthony Rapp (50) because of an incident at a party in New York in 1986. Rapp accused Spacey of being violent at the time. At the time, Rapp, who later became known for the musical Rent and the TV series Star Trek: Discovery, was 14 years old. With his civil suit against Spacey he wants to win around 40 million dollars in damages. What Spacey did to him was the “most traumatic experience” of his life, Rapp testified in court.

Two-time Oscar winner Spacey (“The Usual Suspects”, “American Beauty”) was accused of sexual assault in the fall of 2017 in the course of the MeToo debate. Several victims went to court, but some lawsuits were dropped or dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Crew members of the Netflix series “House of Cards” also accused Spacey of sexual harassment. The streaming giant then canceled the collaboration with him.

Spacey was also reported in the UK at the end of May for sexually assaulting three men. The prosecutor’s office in London had announced that the cases were between 2005 and 2013. dpa

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