Kevin Spacey has been found not liable in a civil trial that claimed he sexually abused Anthony Rapp in the 1980s.

The jury in Rapp’s $40 million sexual misconduct lawsuit against Spacey has found he is not liable for damages. They had deliberated for only an hour, after eight days of testimony. Cut and dry.

The Accusation

Kev and Ant first met while appearing in Broadway’s Precious Sons and the alleged assault took place after a party at Spacey’s New York City apartment in 1986. Rapp was 14 years old at the time and Spacey was 26. 

Rapp first made his claims in a 2017 BuzzFeed article, in which he said that Spacey lifted him up, placed him on his bed, and pinned Rapp down in a sexually aggressive manner. Spacey denied the allegation and said he had never been alone with Rapp.

Kevin Spacey

Spacey’s lawyers seized on inconsistencies in Rapp’s testimony. Noting, for instance, Rapp described Spacey as having a separate bedroom, when a floor plan that they produced showed that the actor lived in a studio apartment with one central room. 

Spacey’s attorney, Jennifer Keller said in her closing statements:

“The star witness of our case was the floor plan.”

In court, Rapp called the event one of the “most traumatic” of his life. So traumatic that it took him 31 years to mention it again and he couldn’t even remember the basic details.

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Gay Rage Or Is It Grage – Who cares?

Spacey’s defense argued that Rapp was upset that Kevin was not openly gay and that he was consumed with romantic jealousy, professional envy, gay rage and self-promotion. In particular, Rapp was jealous of the actor’s superior career.

Rapp appears in Star Trek: Discovery whilst Spacey has appeared in hit films such as Se7en, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, and L.A. Confidential to name but a few. He was also the star of the Netflix juggernaut series House of Cards. He also has two Oscars.

Jennifer Keller went on to say:

“Mr Rapp is getting more attention in this trial than he has in his entire acting life.”

Oh snap

Muh PTSD Is Off The Charts

The Rapp team’s psychologist, Lisa Rocchio, testified that Rapp has struggled with relationships, sexuality, anger, and depression ever since, and in 2017 developed delayed onset, full-blown PTSD. 

Alexander Bardey, the psychiatrist hired by Spacey’s team, said that Rapp’s self-reported trauma symptoms were “off the charts” in one set of tests given by Rocchio but nonexistent or moderate in other tests she gave to weed out people who fake mental illness. 

He added that Rapp’s success as an actor and his stable, monogamous married life are inconsistent with PTSD, which the actor said interferes with normal everyday functioning. 

“He has done very well for himself. He has what I would consider a perfectly normal life.”

Anthony Rapp

His Truth

Addressing a crowd outside the Manhattan courtroom, Rapp lawyer Richard Steigman said:

“The jury spoke. Anthony told his truth. We respect the jury’s verdict, but it doesn’t change his truth.”

My truth is that I look like 1990’s Brad Pitt, I am richer than Elon Musk, I am able to time travel and fly, and have I slept with more beautiful women than James Bond can shake a stick at. However, that’s just my truth and not THE truth. God almighty, I detest that term!

Matt Pitt
Matt Pitt – this is MY truth, bigots.

What Now For Kev?

Well, it’s not quite all over for Spacey just yet. He has been ordered to pay the producer of House of Cards $31 million in damages after the political thriller had its episode-order cut in the wake of abuse allegations against the star. 

Kevin also faces charges in the U.K. for sexually assaulting three men when he was living in London as the artistic director of the Old Vic theater. He has pled not guilty.

Spacey Determined

When Rapp first went public with his claims, Spacey said:

“The sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” 

In court, however, Spacey said he was pressured by his publicist to make that statement.

“I was being encouraged to apologize and I’ve learned a lesson, which is never apologize for something that you didn’t do. I regret my entire statement.”

Innocent until proven guilty, who remembers that?

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