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What to Know About Kevin Spacey’s Civil Trial: Anthony Rapp Testifies


When looking for to dismiss the case, Mr. Spacey’s lawyers emphasized in court papers that “by plaintiff’s own admission, there was no groping, no kissing, no undressing, no reaching under clothes, and no sexualized statements or innuendo.”

During cross-examination, Ms. Keller accused Mr. Rapp of being envious of Mr. Spacey and making the allegations to learn his own profession. She suggested he was motivated by potential advantages to his acting profession after he had been solid in a by-product of “Star Trek.” “You wanted to advertise the show, you wanted to boost its visibility, you knew the #MeToo movement was gaining steam,” she said.

Ms. Keller also alleged that Mr. Rapp had fabricated the story by borrowing details from “Precious Sons,” the Broadway play he was in that yr. She said that within the play a personality drunkenly mistakes his son, played by Mr. Rapp, for his wife, picking him up and lying on top of him in a way that mirrors Mr. Rapp’s allegations.

Mr. Spacey’s defense has identified that nobody has come forward to verify that she or he attended the party at Mr. Spacey’s apartment, and has also tried to ascertain contradictions in Mr. Rapp’s account. Mr. Rapp has testified that he went inside a separate bedroom to look at TV and didn’t notice the opposite guests leave, but Mr. Spacey’s defense team has asserted that he was living in a studio apartment on the time and not using a separate bedroom.

A clinical and forensic psychiatrist who evaluated Mr. Rapp on the plaintiff’s behalf testified on Wednesday that he had delayed onset post-traumatic stress disorder. The psychiatrist, Dr. Lisa Rocchio, explained that he showed symptoms of trauma starting in 1986 but that those symptoms didn’t meet the factors for a disorder until 2017. She said Mr. Rapp “experienced an amazing amount of shame, confusion, uncertainty” in addition to stress.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan has allowed one other accuser of Mr. Spacey to testify.

That accuser, Andy Holtzman, said that in 1981, Mr. Spacey groped his genitals and rubbed his groin on Mr. Holtzman, who was working in an office at Recent York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater. Mr. Holtzman, 68, testified that Mr. Spacey, who was in a production on the theater company, entered his office, walked as much as him, grabbed his groin and pushed him into his desk. Mr. Holtzman said that after he screamed his objections, Mr. Spacey angrily left.

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