A New York jury ruled Thursday that Oscar winner Kevin Spacey wasn’t liable for battery in a sexual assault lawsuit brought by Anthony Rapp.
On Thursday afternoon, a panel consisting of six women and six male judges deliberated for just 90 minutes in a Manhattan courthouse. Rapp was apathetic as the verdict was read.
Spacey hugged his attorney.
Rapp alleged Spacey had climbed on top of him at a New York City party in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Rapp is well-known for his part in the musical “Rent,”The alleged encounter was the “most traumatic single event”His testimony was a record of his life.
Spacey has steadfastly denied Rapp’s allegations, and said “they are not true” during tearful trial testimony. Rapp was claimed to be by the attorneys of Spacey. “created a story”Because he was jealous Spacey’s success.
Rapp, who was emotional as well on the stand, said that the alleged incident occurred. “incredibly frightening and very alarming.”He also said that he was forced to make his claims during the early days #MeToo movements in 2017.
Judge Lewis Kaplan had dismissed Rapp’s assault claim before the trial started, saying it was not covered by New York’s Child Victims Act of 2019, which temporarily allowed people to make claims normally blocked by the statute of limitations.
Kaplan also cut Rapp’s claim of emotional distress on trial’s sixth day, saying parts of it “repeats and re-alleges”The allegation that battery was involved.