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Jury finds Kevin Spacey did not molest Anthony Rapp, who sued claiming the actor tried to bed him when he was 14

A jury is deciding whether US actor Kevin Spacey made unwanted sexual advances on a 14-year-old in 1986.

Jury deliberates in Spacey sex abuse trial A jury is deciding whether US actor Kevin Spacey made unwanted sexual advances on a minor in 1986.
October 21, 2022
By Jack Queen
21 October 2022

A Manhattan jury began deliberating on Thursday in the sex abuse trial of actor Kevin Spacey, who was accused in a civil lawsuit of making an unwanted sexual advance on a 14-year-old in 1986.

Anthony Rapp, now 50, claimed the abuse took place in Spacey’s New York apartment when the actor was 26. Spacey denied the allegation on the stand and said he had never been alone with Rapp.

Rapp’s lawyer, Richard Steigman, urged jurors to discredit Spacey’s recollection of the events.

“It’s inconsistent. It’s not worthy of your belief,” Steigman said during closing arguments.

Spacey’s lawyer, Jennifer Keller, said during her closing arguments that Rapp fabricated his story because he wanted attention, among other possible motivations for lying.

“Mr Rapp is getting more attention in this trial than he has in his entire acting life,” Keller said.

The trial in Manhattan federal court began on October 6, just under five years after Spacey’s career was upended by sexual misconduct allegations in the early days of the #MeToo movement. He has denied any misconduct.

Keller urged jurors to ignore the sexual politics of the case.

“This isn’t a team sport where you’re either on the MeToo side or the other side,” Keller said.

Rapp sued Spacey for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress in November 2020.

During the trial, Judge Lewis A Kaplan dismissed the emotional distress claim but allowed the rest of the lawsuit to proceed.

Spacey won Oscars for performances in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects, but his career largely ended after more than 20 men accused him of sexual misconduct.

Spacey faces a criminal trial in London next year after pleading not guilty to five sex offence charges over alleged assaults between 2005 and 2013.

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