Kevin Spacey Sued By Anthony Rapp And Another Man For Alleged Sexual Assault
In a civil complaint obtained by PEOPLE, the House of Cards star was accused of sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Rapp, 48, when the latter was 14 years old and at a house party at Spacey’s home in 1986.
The suit says Spacey “engaged in an unwanted sexual advance with a 14-year-old and grabbed then infant plaintiff, Anthony Rapp’s, buttocks, lifted him onto a bed and laid on plaintiff’s body.”
The Rent actor says he “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” which have caused Rapp to “abstain from duties of his vocation,” according to the lawsuit.
The second man, who is referred to only as “C.D.” in the court documents, accused Spacey of sexual assault when he was 14.
“Prior to intentionally and voluntarily attempting to anally sodomize [C.D.], defendant, Kevin Spacey, through his words and acts, intentionally caused the plaintiff, C.D., to become apprehensive that a harmful and/or offensive bodily contact was about to occur,” the lawsuit said.
Both Rapp and “C.D.” are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from Spacey.
Rapp first came forward with his allegations against Spacey in October 2017 when he spoke to BuzzFeed about the actor’s alleged predatory behavior.
“My memory was that I thought, ‘Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,'” Rapp told BuzzFeed at the time. Spacey, he said, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk … He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me.”
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
Spacey later issued a statement saying he didn’t remember the alleged incident involving Rapp, and apologizing “for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunk behavior” and announcing, “I choose now to live as a gay man.”
More than 30 individuals have accused Spacey of sexual misconduct.
The 61-year-old actor was charged two years ago with sexual assault in Nantucket, Mass., after an 18-year-old man accused Mr. Spacey of fondling him in a restaurant in 2016. But prosecutors dropped the case last year after the accuser refused to continue testifying in court.