Anthony Rapp, who accuses Oscar winner Kevin Spacey of trying to seduce him in 1986, testified in a New York court that he felt like a “deer in headlights” when Spacey mounted him at a party, Reuters and AFP reported.
At the time, Rapp was 14 years old and an aspiring actor. He has been suing Spacey since November 2020, seeking $40 million in damages for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, BTA added.
Rapp testified in federal court in Manhattan that he was able to “get out” from under Spacey. But the experience has broken his “sense of belonging” to the theater community.
The drunken Spacey was then 26 years old and playing on Broadway.
“I was a 14-year-old kid and I had no desire to have that kind of experience in my life,” says Rapp, now 50. “It was incredibly frightening, very unsettling and completely unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”
Kevin Spacey, now 63, denies Rapp’s allegations, as well as other allegations of sexual misconduct. In her opening statement Thursday, Spacey’s attorney said Rapp made up the incident to try to increase his publicity because he was jealous of Spacey’s successful acting career. She pointed out that Anthony Rapp’s accusation was the result of his inability to distinguish between real life and a theatrical stage. The description of the incident is very reminiscent of an excerpt from a play in which Rapp participated.
Spacey’s defense is expected to cross-examine Rapp when the trial resumes on Tuesday.
Rapp starred in the Broadway musical Rent.
Spacey is the winner of two Oscars – for best actor in “American Beauty” and for best supporting actor in “The Usual Suspects”. However, his career suffered greatly after more than 20 men accused him of sexual assault.
Netflix dropped him from the political drama series House of Cards, and Christopher Plummer replaced him as Paul Getty in All the Money in the World weeks before the film’s scheduled release.
Kevin Spacey also faces a criminal trial in London next year on five charges of sexual offenses over alleged assaults between 2005 and 2013. He has maintained his innocence.
From 2003 to 2015, Kevin Spacey was the artistic director of London’s Old Vic theatre.