NEW YORK (AP) — An actor who accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual advance on him when he was 14 recounted the episode to a New York jury on Friday, testifying that he felt helpless when Spacey climbed over him into bed.
“I was frozen,” Anthony Rapp said on the second day of a civil trial in Manhattan. “I was stuck under him. I didn’t know what to do.
Hesitantly, Rapp said Spacey, then 26, invited him to a party at his Upper East Side apartment when the two actors were performing on Broadway in 1986. He said after wandering in a room to watch television. and stay away from the adults, a drunk-looking Spacey joined him after the other guests left.
Rapp said Spacey, after picking him up and laying him down on the bed, pressed the “full weight” of his chest and groin against him. He said he found a way to slip away and flee the apartment, but not before Spacey asked, “Are you sure you want to leave?”
Asked by his lawyer how he would respond to anyone downplaying the seriousness of what happened, Rapp responded by describing himself as a scared child trying to push a grown man away.
He added: “I’m grateful that this 14-year-old boy had the means to escape. I would also say that he shouldn’t have gone through this in the first place.
As Rapp, sometimes taking deep breaths, testified, Spacey wrote notes on a clipboard or sat with his hands clasped.
Rapp, 50, brought the charge in 2017 when he was the first of many to largely end Spacey’s career with multiple allegations of inappropriate touching or sexual advances.
At the time, Spacey was starring in the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards.” He is also known for his role in the 1999 film “American Beauty”, which won him an Oscar.
As a teenager, Rapp starred in films such as “Adventures in Babysitting.” He went on to be part of the original cast of “Rent” on Broadway and is now a regular on “Star Trek: Discovery” on television.
The trial’s first witness, Andrew Holtzman, claimed that Spacey had made a similar move against him years earlier.
Holtzman, now 68, testified that he was working in his office at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1981 when Spacey walked in and sat at a spare desk used by actors and others who were working for the seven theater company.
“Henry IV”, in which Spacey was performing at the time.
As he was finishing a phone call, Holtzman stood up at his desk and a sexually aroused Spacey walked up to him, picked him up by the crotch and put him on the desk, Holtzman recalled.
“What are you doing? Get off me!” he said he told Spacey.
“I could feel his erection on my body,” Holtzman said.
After a few more minutes, Spacey got off him, grabbed his windbreaker and bag, and stormed the office, Holtzman said.
Rapp is seeking $40 million in damages for the psychological injuries he says he suffered as a result of the encounter with Spacey. He will return to the witness box when the trial resumes on Tuesday.
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