Home of Playing cards actor Kevin Spacey has been discovered not answerable for sexual battery in opposition to accuser Anthony Rapp.
The civil trial in opposition to Spacey concluded on Thursday after getting underway on Oct. 6; jurors deliberated for slightly below 90 minutes earlier than reaching a verdict.
“I’m deeply grateful for the chance to have my case heard earlier than a jury, and I thank the members of the jury for his or her service,” Rapp stated via Twitter statement after the decision got here down. “Bringing this lawsuit was at all times about shining a light-weight, as a part of the bigger motion to face up in opposition to all types of sexual violence. I pledge to maintain on advocating for efforts to make sure that we will reside and work in a world that’s free from sexual violence of any variety. I sincerely hope that survivors proceed to inform their tales and struggle for accountability.”
Rapp, who at the moment co-stars on Star Trek: Discovery, alleged in October 2017 that Spacey had made an undesirable sexual advance towards him in 1986, when Rapp was solely 14 and Spacey was 26. In line with Rapp’s account, Spacey had invited Rapp to a celebration at his residence. Throughout the celebration, Spacey allegedly got here right into a bed room the place Rapp was watching TV, picked Rapp up, positioned him on the mattress and climbed on prime of him.
Extra males subsequently got here ahead with allegations in opposition to Spacey within the days after Rapp spoke out, and a number of other Home of Playing cards crew members instructed CNN that Spacey created a “poisonous” work surroundings on the set of the Netflix political drama via alleged acts of sexual harassment and assault.
In September 2020, Rapp filed a lawsuit in opposition to Spacey for sexual assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional misery. The assault declare was dismissed forward of this month’s trial, whereas the emotional misery declare was tossed out throughout the trial, with Decide Lewis A. Kaplan stating that it “repeats and re-alleges” Rapp’s sexual battery declare.
Following the wave of allegations in opposition to Spacey in 2017, Netflix fired him from Home of Playing cards, and the present’s sixth and last season proceeded with out him. His character, Frank Underwood, was in the end killed off for the ultimate episodes.