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Kevin Spacey sued by two men over alleged abuse in 1980s when they were 14

Written by on 10 September 2020

Kevin Spacey is being sued by two men who allege he sexually assaulted them when they were young teenagers in the 1980s.

One of the accusers is actor Anthony Rapp, best known for his work on TV series Star Trek: Discovery, who first made allegations against the Oscar winner in October 2017. The second is anonymous in the case.

Both men say they were 14 when Spacey – star of films including The Usual Suspects, American Beauty and Seven – allegedly assaulted them, and are suing him for unspecified damages, claiming they have suffered psychological damage.

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Anthony Rapp is one of Spacey’s accusers

In a case filed in New York, Rapp says Spacey invited him to a party at his apartment in Manhattan in 1986. While there, he claims he was the victim of an “unwanted sexual advance” when Spacey grabbed his buttocks.

The second accuser says he was 12 when he first met Spacey, who was teaching an acting class in 1981. When he was 14, the case states, Spacey allegedly invited him back to his apartment.

Spacey, now 61, then allegedly sexually assaulted the boy, according to the legal papers. The pair engaged in sex acts on multiple occasions, it is claimed, and during their final encounter Spacey ignored the boy’s “verbal and physical resistance”.

Peter J Saghir, the lawyer representing both men, said in a statement: “This lawsuit sends a strong message that no matter how wealthy, powerful or famous you may be you are not above the law.

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“Our clients are looking forward to their day in court and to obtaining justice for a crime that never should have happened.”

After Rapp first made his allegations public, Spacey said he did not remember the incident but that if it did occur, “I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour”.

Spacey's lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on the actor's behalf
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Spacey has already appeared in court in Nantucket, Massachusetts, over a separate allegation

A two-time Oscar winner, Spacey has been largely shunned from the industry since Rapp’s allegations followed the Harvey Weinstein scandal and sparked a wave of similar accusations in both the US and UK.

He was sacked from Netflix show House Of Cards – with his character killed off – and Sir Ridley Scott erased him from his completed film All The Money In The World, recasting Christopher Plummer in the role and spending millions on reshoots.

Spacey has faced legal action in Los Angeles, California, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, but is yet to be convicted in any case. He is also being investigated by the Met Police.

Sky News has contacted representatives for the actor for comment.