Kevin Spacey sexual misconduct trial: Anthony Rapp testifies


Anthony Rapp fought back tears in court on Friday as he testified in a civil lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey.

Rapp, best known for his role in ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, has sued Spacey for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress following an alleged incident which Rapp says occurred. in 1986.

He testified that he was 14 and living in New York, performing in the play “Precious Sons” around the time he met Spacey, who was 26 at the time. Rapp said he “grabs the opportunity to be part of the theater community”. and attended industry events where he had seen Spacey.

Rapp testified that he and a friend attended a play Spacey was performing in, met him backstage, and then Rapp was invited to Spacey’s house for a party.

Rapp said that during the party he went to Spacey’s room because he was bored. As the party was winding down, Spacey appeared in the doorway, Rapp said. Spacey’s attorneys showed a floor plan of the apartment he was living in at the time of the alleged incident, which showed it was a studio apartment with no walls between the bedroom and the living room.

Spacey scooped him up, Rapp said, put his hand on his bottom and laid him down on the bed.

“He got on top of me and he put all his weight on my chest, pressing against me with his chest. He was pressing his groin against my hip, the side of my hip,” Rapp testified.

Rapp said he felt frozen.

“I didn’t push him away. I squirmed to get out from under him,” Rapp testified.

He went to the bathroom to figure out what had happened, testified Rapp, and finally left the apartment and went home.

“I don’t know what I did to invite him to climb on top of me and push his groin into me,” Rapp said.

He didn’t tell his mother what happened at the time, Rapp said, because he didn’t want to worry her, risk losing her independence and because he was worried she might don’t let him hang out with the theatrical community he loved so much.

Rapp is expected to continue giving evidence when court resumes next Tuesday.

Spacey’s attorneys said in court on Friday they plan to file a Rule 50 motion, arguing that a reasonable jury does not have sufficient evidence to decide in Rapp’s favor and that the judge should return a ruling. judgment in law.