A New York court has dismissed a sexual assault lawsuit against the actor Kevin Spacey.
The case was brought by Anthony Rapp, who says the actor inappropriately touched him at a party in 1986 when he was aged 14. Spacey was in his mid-20s at the time of the alleged incident, which Rapp said took place at a party in Spacey's Manhattan apartment.
Rapp, now 50 and also an actor, filed the legal action in September 2020 and had been seeking around USD$40m in damages.
Spacey denied the accusations against him.
Following a three-week civil trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury - deliberating for just over an hour - found that Rapp had not proved his claim that Spacey had made an unwanted sexual advance.
Multiple allegations of sexual misconduct have dogged Spacey since Rapp first went public with his allegations.
Spacey is still separately facing five charges in the UK of sexual assault, to which he has pleaded not guilty. That trial is due to begin in June 2023.
Who is Kevin Spacey?
Born in 1959, Spacey grew up in California. He began acting while at school, and went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Beginning his career in the theatre, Spacey’s reputation and profile built gradually, opening up opportunities for him in film. It was his role in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects that confirmed him as a major star – landing him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He collected the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1999 film American Beauty.
In 2003, Spacey was appointed as Artistic Director of the Old Vic theatre in London. He starred in a number of productions during his time with the Old Vic, consolidating his credentials as an accomplished actor in both theatre and film.
In 2011, Spacey was cast in the lead role in the Netflix adaptation of House of Cards. His performance was critically acclaimed, and he won a number of awards.
The subsequent controversy following the sexual assault allegations led to Spacey being axed from a number of roles, including from his starring role in the series House of Cards, and the 2017 film All the Money in the World, which was re-shot without him.
Despite widespread speculation, Spacey avoided any discussion of his sexuality until 2017. In response to the allegations made by Anthony Rapp, Spacey confirmed that he identified as a gay man.