Kevin Spacey, in tears, testifies Anthony Rapp intercourse abuse claims ‘not true’ – Nationwide


An emotional Kevin Spacey testified in a New York courtroom Monday that he by no means made a sexual cross at actor Anthony Rapp, who has sued for hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in damages, claiming the Academy Award-winning actor tried to take him to mattress when he was 14.

Repeatedly, Spacey denied Rapp’s claims {that a} then-26-year-old Spacey picked him up like a groom does a bride after a 1986 social gathering at his Manhattan condo and put him on his mattress earlier than mendacity on high of him.

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Rapp testified earlier in a civil trial during which he accuses Spacey of assault and battery that he squirmed out from beneath an inebriated Spacey within the totally clothed encounter earlier than fleeing, solely to have Spacey observe him to the door and ask if he was positive he wished to go away.

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“They aren’t true,” Spacey mentioned of the allegations, first made in 2017 in an interview with Buzzfeed. The accusations, together with extra made by others, delivered to an finish Spacey’s common function on the Netflix collection Home of Playing cards and abruptly derailed his profession.

Spacey, 63, dabbed tears from his eyes with a tissue and sniffled as he described quick intense strain from publicists and legal professionals to reply with compassion and empathy and an apology to Rapp’s claims.

“They advised me I couldn’t push again on the story,” Spacey recalled. “I knew I wouldn’t have any sexual curiosity in Anthony Rapp or any baby. That I knew.”

On the time, with the #MeToo motion gaining momentum, “The business was very nervous. There was numerous worry within the air about who was going to be subsequent,” he mentioned.

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He added: “I used to be shocked. I used to be frightened and I used to be confused. … I knew I had by no means been alone with Anthony Rapp.”

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After the article, the two-time Oscar winner mentioned on Twitter that he didn’t recall the encounter with Rapp, including: “But when I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken habits, and I’m sorry for the sentiments he describes having carried with him all these years.”

His managers mentioned it was the easiest way to comprise “a disaster that was going to worsen” and to keep away from being accused of “being a sufferer shamer,” he mentioned.

Spacey advised jurors he now regrets “my whole assertion.”

“I’ve discovered a lesson, which isn’t apologize for one thing you didn’t do,” he mentioned.

Spacey mentioned he had met Rapp and one other aspiring actor, John Barrowman, backstage following Spacey’s Broadway efficiency in Lengthy Day’s Journey into Evening. He mentioned he took them to dinner, to a nightclub and eventually to his studio condo, the place he flirted with Barrowman — who was 19 on the time — however confirmed no real interest in Rapp earlier than the 2 guests left.

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“Anthony Rapp appeared like a child and John Barrowman appeared like a person,” Spacey mentioned in an account that was backed up by a deposition by Barrowman. On the time, Rapp was performing in Valuable Sons on Broadway.

Rapp, a 50-year-old common on Star Trek: Discovery and who was a part of the unique Broadway solid of Lease, has testified that he and Barrowman went residence instantly after the nightclub outing and days later Spacey invited him to his condo social gathering, ready till different visitors left to make a transfer on him.

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The Related Press doesn’t normally identify folks alleging sexual assault except they arrive ahead publicly, as Rapp has achieved.

Spacey, testifying on a day when Choose Lewis A. Kaplan tossed out Rapp’s declare of intentional infliction of emotional misery on the grounds that it duplicated features of the assault and battery allegation, additionally was requested if he has been personal about his private life over his profession.

“I grew up in a really sophisticated household dynamic,” he mentioned, explaining that rants by his father when he was a teen led him to hate bigotry and intolerance.

“My father was a white supremacist and neo-Nazi,” Spacey mentioned. “It meant that my siblings and I had been compelled to hearken to hours and hours of my father lecturing us about his beliefs.”

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As Spacey turned inquisitive about theatre, he mentioned, he endured the screams of his father who “used to yell at me at the concept that I is likely to be homosexual.”

Previous to Monday’s testimony, Spacey mentioned he had “by no means talked about this stuff publicly, ever.”

He mentioned he had been contemplating revealing that he was homosexual publicly for about 18 months earlier than deciding to announce it after Rapp’s allegations got here out.

Spacey cried as he described instantly regretting the timing of the revelation as he confronted backlash within the homosexual group, together with from mates, and others who thought he was utilizing the announcement to vary the topic, to deflect.

“It was actually incorrect and it was actually unhealthy and I’m deeply sorry,” he mentioned as his voice cracked.

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