Actor Anthony Rapp and an anonymous man are suing actor Kevin Spacey for allegedly committing sexual offenses against them when they were young teens in the 1980s. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan’s New York Supreme Court, was made possible by the Child Victim’s Act of 2019. The new law significantly extends the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases in New York.
In the lawsuit, Rapp accuses Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances toward him when he attended a party at Spacey’s home in 1986. At the time, Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. The second plaintiff claims that he was underage when Spacey engaged in sexual acts with him on multiple occasions in the early 1980s.
Rapp first talked about Spacey’s alleged sexual advances toward him in a 2017 BuzzFeed article, which added to other sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. In 2016, an 18-year-old man claimed that Spacey fondled him while he was sitting at a restaurant bar. However, the case was dropped when the plaintiff suddenly refused to continue testifying. In another 2016 case, a massage therapist claimed that Spacey groped him during a massage session. However, that case was dropped after the plaintiff died and his estate declined to continue the suit. In 2017, 20 people accused Spacey of engaging in inappropriate behavior when he served as the artistic director at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Individuals who have been the victims of rape, sexual assault or sexual misconduct may wish to contact an attorney familiar with New York Child Victims Act sex abuse claims. The attorney may carefully review the case and work to obtain justice on the victim’s behalf.