Actor Kevin Spacey was found not liable Thursday in a civil sexual abuse lawsuit brought by fellow actor Anthony Rapp.
The lawsuit was dismissed.
The charges stem from an incident in 1986 when Rapp alleged that Spacey rode him at a party when he was just 14 and Spacey was 26.
An emotional Spacey told jurors during court testimony on Monday that the allegations were “not true.”
Rapp sued Spacey for $40 million over the alleged encounter, in which he claimed the actor picked him up, grabbed his buttocks and lay on top of him at Spacey’s Manhattan home.
Rapp’s allegations were the first of several against Spacey, who was fired from Netflix hit ‘House of Cards’ amid a whirlwind of sexual impropriety allegations, but the lawsuit marked the first time Spacey s is defended in front of a jury.
Spacey testified he was “shocked”, “frightened” and “confused” by the allegations, which were first made public by “Star Trek: Discovery” TV regular Rapp in a Buzzfeed article in 2017.
“I knew I had never been alone with Anthony Rapp,” he told jurors, according to The Associated Press.
Spacey left the Manhattan courthouse without addressing the media on Thursday afternoon.
“We are very grateful that the jury was able to see through these false allegations,” Spacey’s attorney, Jennifer Keller, told reporters. “Mr. Spacey is deeply grateful for the jury system, and for this jury in particular.”
In a statement posted on TwitterRapp said he was “grateful” to have the chance to have his case heard in front of a jury.
“Introducing this lawsuit has always been a matter of light, as part of a larger movement against all forms of sexual violence,” he said. “I sincerely hope survivors continue to tell their stories and fight for accountability.”