Actor Kevin Spacey requested a choose on Friday to dismiss actor Anthony Rapp’s intercourse abuse lawsuit, saying by means of his legal professionals that allegations he abused then-teen Rapp at a celebration within the Nineteen Eighties are incorrect.
The attorneys wrote in paperwork filed in Manhattan federal court docket that the alleged occasions described by Rapp by no means occurred. Rapp appeared in To hire out on Broadway and in Star Trek: Discovery on the tv.
He alleged in his lawsuit that he went to a celebration in 1986 at Spacey’s Manhattan dwelling, the place a 26-year-old Spacey, with out Rapp’s consent, “engaged in a sexual advance” by grabbing Rapp’s butt and lifting him onto a mattress and laying him down. on his physique. Rapp claimed that he “was pressured out” earlier than leaving the celebration.
Spacey’s attorneys argued that the alleged encounter couldn’t qualify as sexual abuse beneath New York legislation as a result of the one alleged contact with an “intimate” physique half by Spacey was when his hand brushed the buttocks of 14-year-old Rapp when the older actor forged him. on the high. Attorneys stated Rapp “withdrew” with out resistance in an encounter lasting lower than 30 seconds.
There was no different proof to recommend fleeting contact between Spacey’s hand and Rapp’s buttocks was for the aim of sexual gratification or to degrade or abuse Rapp, the attorneys wrote.
The dearth of proof means Rapp’s claims of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional misery should fail, the legal professionals stated.
They stated Spacey “categorically denies” something Rapp described ever occurred.
Rapp’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
When Rapp first spoke publicly about his declare in 2017, others additionally went public, and Spacey’s then-famous profession got here to an abrupt halt. On the time, Spacey launched an announcement saying he didn’t recall the encounter however apologized.
Spacey gained the Greatest Actor Oscar for his position in American Magnificence, a 1999 movie through which he performs a pissed off suburban father who lusts after his daughter’s greatest buddy.
In latest filings, Rapp’s attorneys have requested to maneuver the case to state court docket, saying Spacey can’t show he lived in Maryland and qualifies for needed range citizenship. to remain in federal court docket.
Actually, they declare, he has lived primarily in London since 2003.
They stated he solely lived in Maryland when he performed his Emmy-winning position in Card fort from 2014 to 2017. He was fired from the present days after Rapp went public and former staff of the present claimed Spacey made the manufacturing a “poisonous” office and a former worker alleged that the actor had sexually assaulted him.
In November, an arbitrator dominated that Spacey and his manufacturing corporations needed to pay $31 million to the studio behind the Netflix political thriller due to losses incurred after he was fired.
Spacey appealed the choice to a panel of three different non-public arbitrators, who agreed with the plaintiffs, making the choice ultimate and public.
A felony case towards him, a cost of indecent assault and battery ensuing from the alleged groping of an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket resort, was dismissed by Massachusetts prosecutors in 2019.