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Kevin Spacey has said the sexual abuse allegations made against him by Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp are “absolutely false” as his lawyers asked a US judge to drop the case.
The former star of House Of Cards has gone into exile in Hollywood since the claims were made in October 2017when Rapp said he was the victim of an “unwanted sexual advance” at a party in 1986 when he was just 14 years old.
Spacey, 61, ‘categorically denied’ the now 50-year-old’s accusations and added that he ‘had no sexual interest or desire for Rapp then or since’.
The claims were the first of several made against Spacey during the height of the #MeToo movementwhich sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry.
Rapp’s case against the Oscar winner was thrust back into the spotlight by the emergence of court documents filed in New York on Friday, which revealed a detailed account of the alleged 1986 encounter.
What do the documents say?
Spacey, who was 26 at the time of the party at his Manhattan home, reportedly surprised Rapp at the event by picking him up and putting him on a bed.
The Usual Suspects and American Beauty actor then pushed his weight against Rapp, before “stepping away” without resistance during the brief encounter.
Spacey said none of his interactions with Rapp were “for the purpose of degrading or abusing him.”
In the documents, seen by the PA news agency, Spacey says: “I categorically deny plaintiff Anthony Rapp’s claim that I sexually assaulted him or made a ‘sexual advance’ to him.
“I met Mr. Rapp several decades ago. I never had a sexual relationship with Mr. Rapp. Nor did I harbor any sexual interest or desire for Mr. Rapp at that time. there or at no time.
“I also had no physical contact with Mr. Rapp or any other interaction with him for the purpose of sexual gratification for me or him.
“Nor have I had any physical contact with Mr. Rapp or any other interaction with him for the purpose of degrading or abusing him.
“Any suggestion to the contrary by Mr. Rapp or anyone else is absolutely false.”
What did Spacey’s lawyers say?
Spacey’s lawyers deny the entire incident ever took place, and in the documents they say the alleged encounter did not qualify as sexual abuse.
They say the only accused contact with an “intimate” part of Rapp’s body was when Spacey’s hand was claimed to brush Rapp’s buttocks as the older actor hugged him.
Rapp’s deposition had confirmed that there was no touching that would constitute criminal conduct, and there was no other evidence that the contact was for the purpose of sexual gratification or to degrade or abuse Rapp. they stated.
When Rapp first spoke publicly about his claim in 2017, Spacey released a statement saying he did not recall the encounter but apologized.
His career quickly fell apart in light of the allegations, including his dismissal from Netflix’s House Of Cards and erasing Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World before its release.
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