Jury Delivers Shocking Verdict in Kevin Spacey Sexual Abuse Trial

A man who accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual abuse lost his civil case in federal court on Thursday.

Fellow actor Anthony Rapp had sued Spacey for $40 million, alleging that he was sexually assaulted by Spacey in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26, according to the New York Post.

The jury deliberated for just over an hour Thursday afternoon after a three-week trial, the Post reported.

“I’m very grateful to the jury for clearing these false allegations,” said Jennifer Keller, an attorney for Spacey, according to NBC News. Spacey made no public comment as he exited federal courthouse in Manhattan.

Richard M. Steigman, one of Rapp’s attorneys, later said, according to the New York Times, “The jury has spoken.”

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Rapp, who is now 50, testified that Spacey climbed onto him and pressed his abdomen against Rapp’s waist. Spacey denied the claim, Reuters reported.

Rapp told the jury the incident was the “most traumatic event” of his life.

He said he still suffered from the incident years later because he would remember it every time he saw Spacey in a movie or on TV.

Spacey apologized when the allegation was first made.

“I was encouraged to apologize, and I learned a lesson … which is, never apologize for something you didn’t do,” Spacey testified, according to the Times.

Spacey’s career went downhill after several men accused him of sexually abusing them. The claims were a factor in Netflix removing Spacey from its House of Cards show, according to Reuters.

Spacey faces criminal charges in the UK next year on charges of assault between 2005 and 2013.

Rapp went public with his allegations in 2017 in the early days of the #MeToo movement.

Keller had asked the jury to ignore the broader issues and politics touched on by the case.

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“This is not a team sport where you’re either on the MeToo side or the other side,” she said, according to Reuters.

Keller also suggested Rapp had a long-term dislike for Spacey and was jealous of Spacey’s success.

“Mr. Rapp gets more attention in this process than he has in his entire acting life,” Keller said.

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