Nearly three years ago, Kevin Spacey’s house of cards metaphorically came crashing down when BuzzFeed published an interview with actor Anthony Rapp, in which he accused Kevin of trying to molest him at a New York City house party in 1986. Kevin was 26, while Anthony was (deep, uncomfortable inhale through nostrils) 14. At the time, Anthony said he decided to publicly come forward with his story because, thanks to the #MeToo movement, people were finally feeling empowered enough to speak up after years or decades of silence. And also, because he went to a lawyer who told him he didn’t have a legal case. So going public with it was maybe as much empowerment as Anthony was going to get, even if his accusations came with a ton of online hate from Kevin’s fans.
As it turns out, there is a lawyer who believes Anthony has a solid case. Anthony and an anonymous accuser are suing Kevin Spacey for sexually assaulting them when they were underage boys.
The Wrap says the lawsuit was filed yesterday, and both allegations are fairly similar in detail. First, Anthony’s story, which allegedly happened at Kevin’s apartment in NYC when Anthony was a 14-year-old actor appearing in the Broadway production of Precious Sons with Ed Harris (Anthony is now 48). Kevin would have been appearing in Long Day’s Journey into Night at the same time. Anthony says he was bored at the all-adult party, so he went to watch television in Kevin’s bedroom. Kevin allegedly came in, carried Anthony to his bed, and climbed on top of him, where he stayed until Anthony was able to squirm away.
The second accuser, listed only as C.D., claims that he first met Kevin Spacey in an acting class taught by Kevin in 1981, when he was 12. Kevin would have been about 22. They met again two years later when C.D. was 14, and he says Kevin invited C.D. to his apartment, where C.D. allegedly performed anal and oral sex on Kevin. They would continue to have sexual encounters a few times after that. But on the last one, Kevin allegedly attempted to perform anal on C.D., which C.D. didn’t want to do and said, “No” several times. Eventually, he freed himself and fled the apartment.
As for why they both decided to sue Kevin, it’s for the very obvious reason that allegedly experiencing that stuff with Kevin in their young teenage years seriously fucked them up.
According to the suit, both Rapp and C.D. have suffered psychological damage, including “severe emotional distress, humiliation, fright, anger, depression and anxiety” due to Spacey’s abuse.
Kevin hasn’t yet responded to this lawsuit, which is probably a good thing, since ten tons of on-camera creep energy isn’t what anyone needs now or ever. It could also be because his lawyers are mentally prepping themselves for the weirdness that inevitably comes with a Kevin Spacey legal battle. A lawsuit filed by a massage therapist was dropped in January after the massage therapist died of natural causes four months earlier. His Nantucket criminal case was dismissed due to his accuser suddenly refusing to testify. Ari Behn, who accused Kevin of grabbing his crotch at a party, died by suicide in December. The last time Kevin posted on Instagram was one day before Ari’s death. Linda Culkin, a nursing assistant who accused Kevin of assaulting one of her patients, died after being hit by a car. Oh, and in June, Kevin’s name appeared in Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged little black book of celebrity contacts.
When Anthony first came forward with his allegations, Kevin didn’t exactly deny it happened. He implied he might have been too drunk to remember, apologized to Anthony, then tried to change the narrative by coming out as gay.
An apology isn’t going to cut it this time around. When Anthony first came forward with his story, the statute of limitations in New York state had long passed. But in 2019, New York passed the Child Victims Act, which allows for underage victims (or victims who were underage at the time) to report abuse, regardless of the time that has passed. So, that’s bad news for Kevin. I just hope his lawyers explain the situation to him very clearly, because Kevin has proven many times that he’s delusional. “Kevin, please – one last time. You’re up against the Child Victims Act. I know it has act in the name, but it has nothing to do with child actors.”