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Kevin Spacey trial: Anthony Rapp says he knows he’s not the only victim – National


Actor Anthony Rapp testified Wednesday that he decided to go public with his 30-year-old encounter with Kevin Spacey because he knew he wasn’t the only one Spacey had engaged in inappropriate sexual acts.

Rapp became emotional and his voice shook as he commented on a question about his motives, brought by one of his own lawyers near the end of the third day of testimony in the abuse lawsuit. civil sex that he brought against Spacey in Manhattan federal court. Rapp is seeking $40 million for psychological trauma.

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Rapp said: “I went ahead because I knew I wasn’t the only person with whom Kevin Spacey performed inappropriate sexual acts.

An objection prompted Judge Lewis A. Kaplan to quickly announce that the comment would be removed from the record.

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The jury was not allowed to hear most of the other claims made against the Oscar-winning Spacey, 63, who is known for his role on the Netflix series Dealer before a series of sex allegations derailed his career in 2017.

Kevin Spacey arrives in Federal court to hear his civil case, Wednesday, October 12, 2022, in New York.

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Rapp then further elaborated on his claim that a 26-year-old Spacey lifted him to bed after a party at his Manhattan apartment in 1986 and forced his dressed body into Rapp’s clothed body, then 14 years old, before he squirmed and ran. into the bathroom before leaving the apartment.

Rapp said: “It was something that happened to me that was not okay.

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Defense attorney Jennifer Keller completed her cross-examination of Rapp by attacking his credibility for the impact he claims his encounter with Spacey had on the rest of the series. his life. Rapp, 50 years old, often appears on dramas Star Trek: Discovery. He was part of the original Broadway cast of Rent and has acted in films including Adventures in babysitting.

Keller notes that he told a therapist that after his encounter with Spacey, he sought sexual attention.

“Yes,” replied Rapp. He says he’s starting to become aware of people’s attention to him in ways he never did before.

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Keller then asked if it was unusual for someone going through puberty to be interested in sex.

“Don’t you think that after boys go through puberty, they develop an interest in sex? Come on, Mr. Rapp,” she said.

“What’s the question? It’s not that simple,” Rapp replied.

Later that day, Lisa Rocchio, a forensic psychologist who examined Rapp, testified that he experienced “extreme shame, guilt, and confusion” following his encounter with Spacey. Rocchio is expected to return to the witness stand on Thursday morning.

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The Associated Press usually doesn’t name sexual assault accusers unless they make them public, as Rapp did.

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