Back in 2017, actor Anthony Rapp in a Buzzfeed News interview, accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct later filing a lawsuit against him in 2020. The lawsuit was filed for $40 million on claims of battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Anthony Rapp claimed that the assaults happened when he was a minor of just 14 years of age, while Kevin Spacey was 26.
However, in recent events, a New York City jury deemed Kevin Spacey not guilty in their verdict. Needless to say, people were not pleased with this outcome and took to the Internet to share their support for Anthony Rapp. Many even claim that the justice system is simply not built for male victims of assault.
Kevin Spacey Free of the Blame
After a three-week trial and a two-hour-long discussion, the New York City jury came to a unanimous conclusion that the Baby Driver actor was not liable for molestation or battery. This decision was made after Anthony Rapp’s lawyers supposedly failed to make a convincing enough argument in their client’s favor. Judge Lewis Kaplan formally dismissed the case after the jury’s decision.
Kevin Spacey might be free of all the claims made by Rapp but the victory can only be called ‘short-lived’ as he currently faces four other counts of sexual misconduct. Although he pleaded not guilty, the trial for this is set to begin on June 06, 2023. The actor is also expected to pay a hefty sum of $31 million to MRC, a production company, for breaching his House of Cards contract.
People Stand with Anthony Rapp
In the lawsuit filed by Rapp, he claimed that Spacey made unwanted sexual advances toward him at a party at Spacey’s house. He claimed that while at the party, he went to a different room to watch TV and that is where the alleged assault happened.
People took to social media to voice their opinions, which largely varied from what the jury decided. People were disgusted by how Spacey’s attorney tried to discredit the #MeToo movement. They stated that although Rapp was incredibly brave to raise his voice, the justice system failed him, along with the many other alleged victims of Spacey. Rapp’s supporters said that they couldn’t believe the injustice towards the Rent actor since more than 30 men have come forward against Kevin Spacey. They blame it on the justice system’s incapability of understanding that male victims of sexual assaults are still victims.
It takes Herculean courage to speak out about one’s childhood sexual abuse. In the Kevin Spacey assault hearing, Anthony Rapp faces a powerful public adversary. All the love and support to Rapp. Every survivor of CSA is strengthened when even one of us takes a public stand 🙏❤️
— Alex Winter (@Winter) October 20, 2022
Kevin Spacey has been accused of assault or inappropriate sexual behavior by NO FEWER than 45 people, including several minors. Anthony Rapp has stuck to his story for over 20 years and has a professional diagnosis of PTSD. And the jury decides he made it up for attention??
— Accident-Prone Pike (@theNiceCaptain) October 20, 2022
Kevin Spacey being found non liable just because of a slight discrepancy in a victims memory of the layout of his apt 10 years after the incident is blowing my mind
— Papi Magic✨ (@JaimeCepero) October 20, 2022
a jury found kevin spacey not liable. spacey publicly apologised to anthony rapp who was a 14 year old child when he sexually assaulted him. a judge found him guilty of sexual harassment in another case. over 30 men have come forward against him.
— lilian (@liliandaisies) October 20, 2022
my heart goes out to anthony rapp. i find it disgusting how kevin spacey’s attorney tried to discredit the MeToo movement and insinuate that rapp was lying out of jealousy. no matter what i believe, and stand with, anthony rapp always.
— sk (@kirkxxs) October 20, 2022
Even though Spacey walked out of the case as not guilty, Rapp’s actions gave hope to many other alleged victims, which led to them coming out and raising their voices against Spacey, including eight crew members of House of Cards. With Spacey currently attempting to make a comeback in Hollywood, it certainly won’t be easy for him to regain his reputation in the industry.
Source: Screen Rant