Kevin Spacey abused Anthony Rapp when he was 14 years old, he tells jury
Rapp, who came forward with the accusation in 2017, testified that he felt helpless when Spacey climbed on top of him in bed.
On Friday, an actor who accused Kevin Spacey of making a sexual attempt on him when he was 14 described the incident for a New York City jury, claiming that he felt helpless as Spacey crawled on top of him in bed.
On the second day of a civil trial in Manhattan, Anthony Rapp said, “I was frozen.” “I was trapped beneath him. “I had no idea what to do.”
Rapp said in hushed tones that Spacey, then 26, had invited him to a party at his Upper East Side apartment in 1986 when both performers were performing on Broadway. He claimed that after he went into a bedroom to watch TV and get away from adults, an inebriated Spacey joined him after the other guests had left.
Rapp said Spacey, after lifting him and laying him down on the bed, pressed the “full weight” of his chest and groin into him. He said he found a way to slip away and flee the apartment, but not before Spacey asked, “Are you sure you want to leave?”
Asked by his lawyer how he would respond to anyone who downplayed the severity of what happened, Rapp responded by describing himself as a frightened child trying to fend off a grown man.
He added: “I’m grateful that the 14-year-old boy had the wherewithal to get away. I also say it shouldn’t have gone through that in the first place.”
Spacey took notes on a pad or sat with his hands folded, as Rapp described, sometimes taking deep breaths.
Rapp, 50, made the complaint in 2017 when he was among several who effectively ended Spacey’s career with multiple allegations of inappropriate touching or sexual advances.
Spacey was starring in Netflix‘s political thriller House of Cards at the time. He is especially well-known for his appearance in the 1999 film American Beauty, for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Rapp appeared in films as a teenager, including Adventures in Babysitting. He later joined the original Broadway cast of Rent and is now a regular on the television show Star Trek: Discovery.
Andrew Holtzman, the trial’s first witness, alleged Spacey made a similar move on him years earlier.
Holtzman, now 68, testified that he was working in his office at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1981 when Spacey entered and sat at a spare desk used by actors and others who worked for the company of seven theaters.
Holtzman said Spacey didn’t say anything when he walked into the office wearing a windbreaker, “tight blue jeans,” and carrying a leather shoulder bag, but he remembered seeing his photo in the programme for a play, “Henry IV,” in which Spacey was performing at the time.
As Holtzman rose up at his workstation after finishing a phone call, a sexually excited Spacey approached him, picked him up by the crotch, and placed him on the desk, Holtzman recalled.
“What are you up to?” “Get off of me!” he exclaimed to Spacey.
“I felt his erection on my body,” Holtzman explained.
After a few minutes, Spacey jumped off him, grabbed his windbreaker and bag, and stormed from the office, Holtzman said.