Anthony Rapp, Anonymous Accuser Sue Kevin Spacey for Sexual Assault

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday September 9, 2020

On Wednesday, actor Anthony Rapp ("Star Trek: Discovery" and Broadway's "Rent") and an anonymous accuser have filed a civil lawsuit in New York State court Manhattan against actor Kevin Spacey for alleged sexual assaults, The Daily Mail reports.

Rapp's claim echoes the allegations he made against Spacey in 2017 — while starring in a 1986 production of "Precious Sons," Spacey invited Rapp, who was 14 at the time, to a party at his East Manhattan residence. At the party, Spacey allegedly made unwanted sexual advances — grabbing Rapp's buttocks and laying on top of him. Rapp alleges that he ran into a bathroom, scared, and then immediately left when Spacey attempted to persuade him to stay at the party.

The anonymous accuser claims his incident also took place in the 1980s, when he and Spacey had intercourse, performed oral sex on one another, and was able to flee after Spacey's repeated attempts to sodomize the accuser.

Since Rapp's 2017 allegations — and the many allegations that have followed — Spacey was dropped by his agent and publicist and has largely remained out of the public eye, with the exception of a couple of odd videos as Frank Underwood, his ruthlessly powerful and self-centered character on "House of Cards."

After Rapp's allegations, Spacey issued an apology to the actor that doubled as a coming out.

As a consequence, Spacey was criticized by Billy Eichner ("American Horror Story"), advice columnist Dan Savage, and more for using the sexual assault allegation against him as an opportunity to redirect:

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.