Kevin Spacey is not liable in civil assault allegations against Anthony Rapp

The jury found Spacey not liable for assault against the ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ actor.

Kevin Spacey was found not liable in a $40 million civil lawsuit filed by Anthony Rapp.

The lawsuit was dismissed after a jury reached a decision after deliberation.

Star Trek: Discovery actor Rapp accused Spacey of groping him against his will in 1986 when he was 14. Spacey was 26 years old at the time of the alleged events. Rapp publicly accused Spacey of the 2017 events; Rapp sued Spacey in 2022 over battery.

According to ABC, Judge Lewis Kaplan “dismissed Rapp’s assault claim before the trial began and dismissed his willful infliction of emotional distress claim after Rapp’s attorneys let his case rest, leaving the jury to decide only the battery claim.” Under New York law, a battery touches another person in a way that a reasonable person would find objectionable without their consent.”

The jury deliberated just 90 minutes to reach the verdict, noting that a “preponderance of evidence” did not prove Spacey “touched any sexual or intimate part or parts of Mr. Rapp,” as reported by Vulture .

Spacey denied Rapp’s allegations, with Spacey stating under oath that Rapp’s allegations were “not true.” Spacey’s attorneys argued Rapp “made up a story” because he was jealous of Oscar-winner Spacey’s success.

Rapp claimed he met Spacey on Broadway in 1986, with Rapp starring alongside Ed Harris in Precious Sons while Spacey starred in Jack Lemmon’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Rapp claimed Spacey invited him to his apartment, where a drunk Spacey later groped him sexually. Rapp is seeking $40 million in damages — $30 million in punitive damages, $5 million for past pain and suffering, $5 million for future pain and suffering.

Spacey’s attorney, Jennifer Keller, said Rapp “made a story” and shared his experiences “out of sympathy, attention, and to raise his profile.”

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Lindsay Lowe

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