Back in 2020, actor Anthony Rapp sued Kevin Spacey for sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. As the legal battle is still ongoing, Spacey has filed a motion to conclude the case quickly.
The Independent reports that Spacey requested a judge Friday to throw out Rapp’s sex abuse lawsuit, stating through his lawyers that allegations that he abused the then-teenage Rapp at a 1980s party are utterly false.
Spacey’s legal representatives wrote in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that the alleged events Rapp described never happened. Back when Rapp filed a case against The House of Cards actor, an anonymous accuser joined Rapp’s suit. However he was dismissed from the case due to his refusal to publicly identify himself.
Rapp alleged in his lawsuit that he attended a party in 1986 at Spacey’s Manhattan home, where the 26-year-old Spacey, devoid of Rapp’s consent, “engaged in a sexual advance” by grabbing Rapp’s buttocks and lifting him onto a bed and laying on his body. Rapp claimed he “was forced to extricate himself” before leaving the party.
Spacey’s lawyers argued that the alleged encounter between the two does not qualify as a sexual abuse under New York’s Laws because the only alleged contact with an “intimate” part of the body by Spacey occurred when his hand grazed the 14-year-old Rapp’s buttocks as the older actor picked him up.
The lawyers wrote, there was no other evidence that suggests any contact between Spacey’s hand and Rapp’s buttocks was for the purpose of sexual gratification or to degrade or abuse Rapp.
The lawyers said, Spacey “flatly denies” anything that Rapp’s described happened and the lack of evidence means Rapp’s claims for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress must fail.
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