A judge ruled on Monday that a man who accuses Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed in court without revealing his identity.
US District Judge Louis A. Kaplan in Manhattan to allow the man to proceed as a “CD” only in a lawsuit filed in September in New York state court and then transferred to federal court.
The man had met Spacey in an acting class in suburban New York prior to the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuit seeking damages of over US $ 40 million.
Kaplan said the CD’s privacy interest does not outweigh the assumption that court proceedings will open and harm Spacey’s defense that will happen if he can proceed without revealing his identity. The judge added that individuals who had information that might support Spacey would also not know to apply.
Kaplan said that the CD since the 1990s has spoken to an unknown number of people about his allegations against Spacey, and appears to have collaborated on a New York magazine article that appeared on a website, Vulture, in November 2017.
“The evidence indicates that the CD knowingly and repeatedly took the risk that any of these individuals would at one time or another reveal their true identity in a way that would attract that identity to widespread public interest,” he said.
Kaplan indicated that the CD was also enlisted in the lawsuit plaintiff, Anthony Rappe, who appeared in Leasing On Broadway and on Star Trek: Discovery on TV. The lawsuit said the older actor had sexually introduced a rap teen at a party in the 1980s.
When Rapp first spoke publicly about his claim in 2017, others also announced and Spacey’s celebrated career at the time came to an abrupt halt. At the time, Spacey released a statement saying he did not remember the encounter but had apologized.
Giving the accused 10 days to reveal his identity
The judge said that CD attorneys’ allegations that using their client’s name would lead to PTSD, the anxiety, nightmares, and depression that accompany them are an outcome that is likely to be prevented as the case continues and the CD is eventually forced to testify publicly.
Lawyers gave 10 days to reveal the name of the CD if allegations were continued.
In a letter to the judge in early March, attorney Peter Saghir said the CD was “extremely anxious and psychologically distressed even when considering his request to proceed in public” and reluctantly decided to drop his claims if Kaplan instructed him to go forward in public.
Al Sagheer and other lawyers from CDC did not respond to requests for comment on Monday. Nor did Spacey’s lawyers, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in it American beauty, A 1999 movie in which he played a frustrated suburban father who desires his daughter’s best friend.
If CD compromises its claims, it won’t be the first to do so. Two years ago, a man who said Spacey molested him at a bar in Nantucket in 2016 dropped his lawsuit.
Meanwhile, investigators in England have yet to say whether they will bring criminal charges against Spacey in connection with the charges brought against him there over events allegedly occurring from 1996 to 2013.
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