Kevin Spacey speaks in New York court to deny Anthony Rapp sexual abuse allegations

NEW YORK — Kevin Spacey testified in a New York court on Monday that he never made a sexual pass at actor Anthony Rapp, who sued, claiming the Oscar-winning actor tried to take him to bed while he was 14 years old.

Identifying himself as ‘Kevin Spacey Fowler’, the actor was asked about Rapp’s claims that Spacey, then 26, picked him up as a groom makes a bride after a party in 1986 and dumped him. put on his bed before lying on top of him.

Rapp testified earlier in the trial that he squirmed under Spacey during the fully dressed encounter before fleeing the apartment, only to have Spacey follow him to the door and ask if he was sure he was. want to leave.

“They’re not true,” Spacey said of the allegations.

Spacey said he met Rapp and fellow aspiring actor John Barrowman backstage after Spacey’s Broadway performance in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” He said he took them to dinner, to a nightclub and finally to his studio, where he flirted with Barrowman – who was 19 at the time – but showed no interest in Rapp before the two visitors left .

“Anthony Rapp looked like a child and John Barrowman looked like a man,” Spacey said in an account supported by a deposition from Barrowman.

Rapp said he and Barrowman went home immediately after the nightclub outing and it was a few days later before Spacey invited him to the apartment for the first time. He said Spacey waited for the other party guests to leave before taking a step towards him.

Spacey also described his dismay at a 2017 news report in which Rapp went public with his allegations.

At the time, as the #MeToo movement was gaining momentum, “the industry was very nervous. There was a lot of fear in the air about who was going to be next,” he said. declared.

He added: “I was shocked. I was scared and confused. … I knew I had never been alone with Anthony Rapp.”

He also told jurors that he had never had “a sexual interest in Anthony Rapp or a child. That I knew.”

Spacey dabbed at his eyes as he described being forced to give a statement saying he didn’t remember anything that happened with Rapp, but would be sorry ‘if’ it somehow was true. Its officials said “it was the best way to contain ‘a crisis that was about to escalate’ and avoid being accused of ‘victim shaming,'” he said.

Now, he added, “I regret my entire statement.”

Spacey was also asked if he had been deprived of his personal life during his career.

“I grew up in a very complicated family dynamic,” he said, explaining that his father’s rants when he was young led him to hate bigotry and intolerance.

“My dad was a white supremacist and a neo-Nazi,” Spacey said. “It meant that my siblings and I were forced to listen for hours and hours to my father lecturing us on his beliefs.”

Spacey called it “humiliating and terrifying when friends came to the house” because he was never sure what his father might say to them or tell him.

“Everything that happened in that house was something I had to keep to myself. We never, ever talked about it. I never talked about those things publicly,” he said.

When Spacey became interested in acting, he said, he endured the screams of his father who “used to yell at me about the idea that I might be gay.”

Spacey’s testimony began two hours after Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dismissed a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress after Rapp’s attorneys completed their presentation of evidence. Kaplan said elements of the claim reproduced Rapp’s claim that he was assaulted and assaulted.

Spacey’s attorney argued for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that Rapp’s attorneys had failed to prove his claims.

Kaplan said the lawsuit could proceed with the assault and battery allegations claimed by Rapp, a 50-year-old regular on “Star Trek: Discovery” television. He was part of the original cast of “Rent” on Broadway.

Spacey, 63, was a popular Oscar-winning actor in the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ when claims by Rapp and others in 2017 abruptly derailed his career.

Rapp was performing in “Precious Sons” on Broadway in 1986 when he met Spacey.

Rapp testified several days earlier in the trial, which entered its third week on Monday.

The Associated Press generally does not name people alleging sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Rapp did.

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