A federal judge in New York City has rejected actor Kevin Spacey’s request to dismiss the sex-assault civil complaint.
In a written ruling issued on Monday, June 6, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said that the allegations made by actor Anthony Rapp against Spacey established a question of material fact as to whether Rapp sufficiently alleges that Spacey acted to gratify sexual desire during an encounter at a Manhattan party in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old.
Rapp claims that Spacey put a clothed Rapp on a bed and momentarily positioned his own clothed body partially beside and partially across Rapp’s before Rapp “wriggled out,” got up, and fled the premises.
Rapp is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to his lawsuit.
During a deposition, Rapp testified that there was no kissing, undressing, reaching under garments, or sexualized words or innuendo during a two-minute encounter, according to the judge.
All of the charges against Spacey are false.
The decision comes two weeks after British prosecutors announced that Spacey had been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men by police. Between 2005 and 2013, the claimed occurrences occurred in London.
Netflix dropped Spacey from his starring role in House of Cards after accusations began surfacing, and the series finished without him.