Judge clears sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey

NEW YORK – A civil sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey can proceed in federal court in New York, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said in a written decision that the allegations made by actor Anthony Rapp against Spacey have established a question of material fact as to whether Rapp sufficiently alleges that Spacey acted to satisfy sexual desire during an encounter at a party in Manhattan in 1986 when Rapp was 14.

The judge noted that Rapp alleged that Spacey placed a clothed Rapp on a bed and briefly put his own clothed body partially next to and partially across Rapp’s before Rapp “squirmed”, got up and left. places.

In his lawsuit, Rapp seeks compensatory and punitive damages for what he alleges is assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Rapp testified during a deposition that there were no kisses, no stripping, no reaching under clothing and no sexualized statements or innuendo during an encounter that didn’t last longer. two minutes, the judge said.

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Spacey denies the allegations.

Kaplan dismissed a common law assault allegation, saying the complaint was not included in those revived by a child victim law in New York state that in 2019 temporarily allowed individuals to make claims where the statute of limitations would normally have barred them.

The decision comes two weeks after British prosecutors said they had authorized police to charge Spacey with four counts of sexual assault against three men. The alleged incidents took place in London between 2005 and 2013.

Peter Saghir, an attorney for Rapp, declined to comment. A lawyer for Spacey did not return a message seeking comment.

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