Trial against Kevin Spacey for alleged sexual assault begins


New York (EFE) .- Kevin Spacey faces a civil trial in New York on Thursday for a lawsuit brought against him by actor Anthony Rapp, who accuses him of sexually assaulting him when he was 14, in 1986, and seeks financial compensation.

Spacey and Rapp avoided commenting to reporters as they arrived at the Manhattan courthouse where the trial, which is expected to last less than two weeks, is being held.

American actor Anthony Rapp (d) arrives at federal court in New York. EFE/EPA/PETER FOLEY

The process began this Thursday with the selection of the jury, with a total of 42 candidates who were questioned by the judge to determine who are best suited to decide on this case.

Among other questions, potential jurors were asked whether they had experienced unwanted sexual advances, held anti-LGBT bias, or personally knew the defendant or plaintiff.

American actor Kevin Spacey (c) arrives at Federal Court in New York. EFE/EPA/PETER FOLEY

Spacey, dressed in a gray suit and blue tie, watched the proceedings seated with his legal team right behind Rapp and could be seen taking notes and chatting with his lawyers.

Jury selection is due to be completed today, followed by opening arguments.

description of the case

The lawsuit is the result of a lawsuit filed in September 2020 by Rapp, who seeks $40 million for psychological damages he allegedly suffered after Spacey attempted to seduce and groped him at a party in his New York apartment.

The events date back to 1986, when Rapp was just 14 and a rising child star, while Spacey was 26 and already a well-known performer on Broadway.

American actor Kevin Spacey (c) arrives at Federal Court in New York. EFE/EPA/PETER FOLEY

Rapp publicly accused Spacey in 2017, at the height of the MeToo movement, then sued him, taking advantage of a new New York law that allows victims of child sexual abuse to go to court even years later.

According to the actor, a visibly drunk Spacey picked him up, placed him on a bed, climbed on top of him and made a sexual advance, but he slipped away and left the house.

The defense of the protagonist of “House of Cards”, who is now 63 years old, has always denied the accusation.

Other complaints

Spacey has also been reported by other men for alleged sex offenses and last July pleaded not guilty in a UK court in a case in which he was charged with alleged assaults on three people between 2005 and 2013.

In August, a Los Angeles court forced the actor to pay $31 million to production company MCR, responsible for the “House of Cards” series, in compensation for violating the terms of his contract for his behavior, since he was accused of sexual harassment by a production assistant.

Web edition: Natalia Sarmiento.


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