Kevin Spacey Dodges Sexual Assault Suit after Accuser Doesn't to Come Forward

Friday June 18, 2021

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Kevin Spacey  (Source:Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

In May it was reported that an accuser in a sexual assault allegation against Kevin Spacey needed to come forward with his identity or the case would be dropped.

He didn't and, as Vulture writes, the "judge presiding over a sexual assault lawsuit against Kevin Spacey officially dismissed one accuser's legal claims against the actor on Thursday, after the accuser refused to openly use his name in court proceedings. The accuser, identified in court papers as C.D., had previously spoken to Vulture about his allegations."

The unidentified man, who in court proceedings was named as C.D., came forward after actor  Anthony Rapp accused the actor of sexual abuse when he was 14. He told Vulture at the time: "At the age of 14, he says, he began a sexual relationship with the actor, who was then 24, that ended with what he describes as an attempted rape. The man is now a 48-year-old artist living on the East Coast with a long-term partner, and he wishes to remain anonymous. 'I have worked really hard to have a nice life and feel safe, and I'm not giving that up for him," he told me, sitting outside on a park bench. "I don't want them to be able to find their way back to me.'"

He maintained that anonymity four years later, even after being instructed by the court to come forward or the case would be dropped. "The Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit against Spacey was filed in September 2020 by C.D. and Anthony Rapp; both alleged that Spacey had sexually assaulted them on separate occasions when they were 14 years old. Although a judge dismissed C.D.'s claims against Spacey, Rapp's legal claims are ongoing," Vulture adds.

While C.D. identity is known to Spacey's lawyers they successfully argued that the case should not move forward without him coming forward.

Judge Lewis Kaplan decided on May 3 that "the threat of significant media attention—however exacerbated by the modern era—alone does not entitle a plaintiff to the exceptional remedy of anonymity... Accordingly, C.D.'s privacy interest—despite the publicity this case may generate—does not outweigh the prejudice to Spacey and the presumption of open judicial proceedings."