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A federal court judge in New York has ruled that a civil sexual assault lawsuit against Kevin Spacey can proceed despite the longtime actor’s efforts to have the case dismissed, according to recent court documents.
U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled Monday that actor Anthony Rapp’s allegations against Spacey raise “a genuine question of material fact” as to whether Spacey acted to satisfy “sexual desire.” “, wrote Kaplan in his opinion on Monday.
Rapp accused Spacey, whose full name is Kevin Spacey Fowler, of sexually assaulting him in Manhattan in 1986, when Rapp was 14.
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Rapp said Spacey “lifted him up” and his hand “grazed” Rapp’s “clothed buttock” for a few seconds, according to court documents. Spacey then allegedly placed Rapp on a bed and “briefly placed his own clothed body partially next to and partially across Mr. Rapp’s.” Rapp was able to free himself, then got up and left, according to court documents.
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Rapp’s lawsuit charges Spacey with assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and battery and seeks punitive and compensatory damages.
Spacey, 62, denied the allegations.
“Mr. Rapp testified during his deposition that there were no kisses, no undressing, no reaching under clothing, and no sexualized statements or innuendoes,” the judge’s ruling reads. . “He acknowledges that the whole incident lasted no more than two minutes.”
Kaplan dismissed one of the allegations against Spacey, arguing that the complaint fell outside of those that could be enforced through New York State’s child victim law. The Child Victims Act allows accusers to file suits in certain cases when the statute of limitations would have prevented them from doing so.
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Last month, British prosecutors charged Spacey with four counts of sexual assault. Prosecutors have accused Spacey of sexually assaulting three men in London between 2005 and 2013.