The jury for Anthony Rapp’s sexual misconduct lawsuit against American Beauty star Kevin Spacey concluded that the Oscar winner did not sexually abuse his accuser at the age of 14. Kevin, 50, was found not liable for damages today after a short deliberation from the jury.
The House of Cards star was sued by actor Anthony, who alleged he was the victim of an “unwanted sexual advance” from Kevin when he was a teenager.
Meanwhile, Kevin “categorically denied” the claims and has since been found not liable in a civil trial that claimed he had sexually assaulted Anthony as a teenager in the 1980s.
At the time of the alleged incident, which Anthony said took place in 1986 after a party in Kevin’s New York apartment, the older actor would have been 26.
Both actors testified over several days at the three-week trial for a lawsuit that sought $40m in damages.
Meanwhile, Kevin insisted he had never been alone with Anthony and denied the allegation on the stand.
The 11-person jury in the Federal District Court in Manhattan spent less than 90 minutes deliberating over the evidence before finding Kevin not liable.
They found that Kevin did not touch a sexual or intimate part of Anthony’s, meaning it could not find him liable under the Child Victims Act, a New York State law.
Kevin is a famous Hollywood actor, best known for his roles in American Beauty, House of Cards, The Usual Suspects and other award-winning films.
After the verdict, Kevin’s lawyer Jennifer said: “We’re just grateful that the jury saw the truth.”
Meanwhile, Anthony’s lawyer Richard told the crowd outside the Manhattan courtroom: “The jury spoke. Anthony told his truth.”
“We respect the jury’s verdict, but it doesn’t change his truth,” he added.
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