Sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey set to be dismissed

A $40 million lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey is set to be dismissed after his accuser refuses to reveal his identity.

In September of 2020, Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting actor Anthony Rapp and someone who goes by the name “C.D.” (The Guardian). According to court documents, Anthony Rapp claims that he met Spacey in 1986 and was invited to a party at his Manhattan home that same year. Rapp claims that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the party. C.D. “alleges that he ran into Spacey in New York City when C.D. was fourteen and the two began a sexual relationship.” 

Because the identity of C.D. is unknown, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan gave lawyers 10 days to reveal C.D.’s name (AP News) as the public “has a legitimate interest in knowing the identity of the man, noting in this case ‘that interest is magnified because C.D. has made his allegations against a public figure’” (CNN).

In response, C.D.’s attorneys Richard M. Steigman and Peter J. Saghir wrote, “As we had previously informed the Court, C.D. believes he is unable to withstand the scrutiny and intrusion into his life if his identity is revealed in this matter” (Insider). As a result, C.D.’s attorneys filed a letter in a New York court on Thursday agreeing to dismiss C.D.’s case. Following the allegations, Spacey’s acting career came to a halt as he was fired from Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” and written out of his hit Netflix series, “House of Cards” (Insider).

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ARTICLE: EVA SALGADO

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