|Anthony Rapp, left, accuses Kevin Spacey of sexual assaults in the 1980s when he and the other plaintiff were teenagers. Photograph: AP|
Actor Anthony Rapp and another man file suit against Hollywood star at Manhattan court
Actor Anthony Rapp and another man filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Kevin Spacey, accusing him of sexual assaults in the 1980s when they were teenagers.
Rapp, who starred in Rent on Broadway and in Star Trek: Discovery on TV, had first spoken out against the Oscar-winning Spacey in 2017, a decision that led to others speaking up and Spacey’s celebrated career coming to an abrupt end.
In the lawsuit, filed at the state supreme court in Manhattan, Rapp detailed what he has said publicly about Spacey: that the older actor made a sexual advance to him when Rapp attended a party as a teenager.
When Rapp first made the accusation, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn’t remember the encounter but apologised.
The other plaintiff, who goes by the initials CD, said that he met Spacey as a teenager while taking an acting class, and that Spacey invited him to his apartment on multiple occasions and engaged in sexual acts with him. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff said Spacey attempted to assault him sexually on his final visit.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
An email seeking comment was sent to Spacey‘s attorney.
Since the allegations started emerging, Spacey has been embroiled in other legal cases. Last October, prosecutors in Los Angeles rejected a sexual battery case because the accuser had died.
In July, prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped a case after the 18-year-old man who accused Spacey of groping him refused to testify.
The Associated Press does not normally name people alleging sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Rapp has done.
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