Kevin Spacey civil sex abuse trial: Closing arguments begin


Closing arguments started on Thursday in Kevin Spacey’s civil sex abuse trial, because the Oscar-winning actor fights allegations that he made an undesirable advance on a 14-year-old in 1986.

Anthony Rapp, now 50, testified earlier this month that an intoxicated Spacey – then 26 and performing on Broadway – climbed on prime of him at a celebration at his Manhattan residence. Rapp, initially of his personal Broadway profession on the time, stated he was in a position to “swerve my method out” however that the expertise scarred him.

Spacey has denied the allegation on the stand, saying he had by no means been alone with Rapp.

The trial in Manhattan federal court docket started on Oct. 6, just below 5 years after Spacey’s profession was upended by sexual misconduct allegations.

Rapp, who starred within the Broadway musical “Rent,” sued Spacey for battery and intentional infliction of emotional misery in November 2020, searching for US$40 million in damages.

During the trial, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dismissed Rapp’s declare for emotional misery however allowed the case to proceed on his battery declare.

Last week, Spacey’s lawyer challenged Rapp’s recollection of the 1986 incident throughout cross-examination, questioning him on why he described the encounter as having occurred in a bed room when Spacey lived in a studio on the time.

Spacey received Oscars for performances in “American Beauty” and “The Usual Suspects,” however his profession largely ended after greater than 20 males accused him of sexual misconduct.

Spacey faces a felony trial in London subsequent yr after pleading not responsible to 5 sex offence prices over alleged assaults between 2005 and 2013.

Reporting by Luc Cohen, Jody Godoy and Jack Queen in New York;Editing by Noeleen Walder and Alistair Bell


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