Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp and an anonymous plaintiff have filed a joint civil lawsuit against Kevin Spacey over alleged sexual assault and misconduct that took place in the 1980s. Both Rapp and the other plaintiff say they were aged 14 at the times of the alleged incidents.
Rapp’s allegations against Spacey are well known, and after they first surfaced in a Buzzfeed interview in October 2017, led to Spacey’s career downfall.
Rapp says that when he was 14 and appearing in a play in New York City, he attended a party at Spacey’s apartment. He says Spacey, then aged 26, made unwanted sexual advances toward him, including touching his butt, laying on top of him in a bed and making it clear that he was interested in having sex with him.
Spacey responded on Twitter, saying he did not remember the encounter, was “beyond horrified to hear his story” and “if I did behave then as he [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” Spacey also took the opportunity to come out as gay.
Spacey subsequently lost his role on House of Cards and has largely withdrawn from public life.
The lawsuit, filed yesterday, says Rapp, “sustained psychological injuries, including but not limited to, severe emotional distress, humiliation, fright, anger, depression and anxiety; a severe shock to his nervous system; and has been caused to suffer mental anguish, emotional and psychological damage as a result thereof, and, upon information and belief, some or all of these injuries are of a permanent and lasting nature.”
The second plaintiff, referred to only as “C.D”, claims he engaged in oral and anal sex with Spacey in the early 1980s.
He says he met Spacey in 1981 when he was just 12, at an acting class Spacey was giving. He ran into him again a couple of years later in New York City, and Spacey invited him to his apartment. It says, “Spacey engaged in sexual acts with the plaintiff, C.D … including, but not limited to, the infant plaintiff performing anal intercourse on the defendant Spacey and oral sex.”
It also alleges sexual battery, saying Spacey also tried to sodomize the 14-year-old plaintiff without consent, but the boy resisted the attempt.
Both men are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from Spacey. The lawsuit was filed under New York’s 2019 Child Victims Act, which allows people to bring a lawsuit regardless of when the childhood-related allegations took place.
Lawyer Peter Saghir, representing Rapp and the other plaintiff, said in a statement, “This lawsuit sends a strong message that no matter how wealthy, powerful or famous you may be you are not above the law. Our clients are looking forward to their day in Court and to obtaining justice for a crime that never should have happened.”
Spacey has not issued any response to the latest lawsuit.
After Rapp came forward with his allegations against Spacey, several other men also made accusations of sexual misconduct against the actor. Two men launched lawsuits which were subsequently dismissed in court or dropped last year. One plaintiff declined to testify when the case reached court and the other died ahead of his case reaching court. Spacey had defended himself against those charges.