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21 Oct

Kevin Spacey Found Not Accountable for Battery in Anthony

Kevin Spacey‘s sexual misconduct civil trial has reached a conclusion on Oct. 20.

On Oct. 20, a Latest York, a jury found the House of Cards actor not chargeable for battery in a civil lawsuit brought by Rent actor Anthony Rapp.

Back in 2017, Rapp publicly accused Spacey of constructing an inappropriate sexual advance toward him in 1986, when he was 14 years old. Rapp went on to file a lawsuit against Spacey in 2020, searching for compensatory and punitive damages as much as $40 million. No criminal charges have been filed against Spacey, 63.

Following the decision, Rapp’s attorney Richard Steigman told E! News in an announcement: “Anthony told his truth in court. While we respect the jury’s verdict, nothing changes that.”

Meanwhile, Spacey’s attorney Jennifer L. Keller praised the jury for his or her “swift and decisive” verdict. “Mr. Spacey is grateful to live in a rustic where the residents have a right to trial by impartial jurors who make their decision based on evidence and never rumor or social media,” Keller said in an Oct. 20 statement to NBC News. “And he’s deeply thankful to this particular jury.”

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She added, “Justice was done today.”

Rapp released an announcement on social media expressing gratitude for the chance to have his case heard before a jury. “Bringing this lawsuit was at all times about shining a lightweight, as a part of the larger movement to rise up against all types of sexual violence,” Rapp wrote. “I pledge to maintain on advocating for efforts to be certain that we are able to live and work in a world that’s free from sexual violence of any kind.”

He continued, “I sincerely hope that survivors proceed to inform their stories and fight for accountability.”

In the course of the three-week trial, Rapp, now 50, claimed that Spacey had put his body on top of his in a sexual manner during a celebration at Usuals Suspect star’s home 36 years ago. In accordance with The Latest York Times, Rapp said in his Oct. 11 testimony that it was difficult watching Spacey’s fame rise throughout the years, adding, “As his name and notoriety increased, it was harder and harder to flee.”

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Spacey denied the allegations when he took the stand on Oct. 17 for his testimony, per NBC News.

When Rapp first got here out with the allegations in 2017, Spacey initially apologized to the Dazed and Confused actor, sharing in an announcement that he didn’t remember the encounter, but “if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”

The American Beauty actor said in the course of the trial that he regrets putting out the statement, and that he only did so on the behest of his publicity team. “I used to be being encouraged to apologize,” he testified, “and I’ve learned a lesson which is rarely apologize for something you didn’t do.”

The decision comes 4 months after Spacey pleaded not guilty to 4 charges of sexual assault against three men in the UK, per NPR. During a June 16 appearance at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Spacey was granted unconditional bail.

E! News has reached out to Spacey’s attorney for comment in regard to the Oct. 20 verdict.

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