Kevin Spacey completes testimony at civil sexual abuse trial in New York

By LARRY NEUMEISTER – Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Spacey remained calm during cross-examination at a civil trial on Tuesday, repeatedly dismissing suggestions that he was not telling the truth when he denied claims by a actor that he made a sexual advance on her when she was 14. 1980s.

His testimony over several hours under cross-examination by a lawyer for actor Anthony Rapp, 50, went well enough that Spacey’s lawyer did not ask any questions after questioning ended at the start. afternoon. Rapp testified earlier in the trial, now in its third week. He is claiming $40 million in damages.

Addressing Rapp’s attorney as “sir,” Spacey didn’t seem shaken a day later. he testified with emotion that he regretted taking his handlers’ advice to be “friendly and cordial” when responding to Rapp’s 2017 claims that Spacey picked him up and briefly laid him on a bed in his apartment in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and he was 26.

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“In my heart, I didn’t believe this happened,” Spacey said of his reaction to the claims. He said he was “terrified” and accepted his manager’s proposal for a public statement saying he did not remember the encounter, but if it had happened, “I owe him the most apologies. sincere about what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”

“It was all awful,” Spacey said.

Rapp’s claims, and those of others, abruptly cut short what had been a high-flying career for the two-time Academy Award-winning actor, who lost his job on the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ and saw… ‘other opportunities dry up. Rapp is a regular on the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and was part of the original Broadway cast of “Rent.”

Spacey, 63, admitted to entertaining Rapp and Rapp’s friend John Barrowman one night in 1986 after seeing Spacey perform in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” But he said if he had any romantic interest, it was Barrowman, not Rapp, who was performing in “Precious Sons” on Broadway at the time.

Spacey recalled dancing with Barrowman, then 19, at the Limelight dance club and said he then invited Barrowman and Rapp to his apartment to see his dog.

Once there, Barrowman and Spacey “had a playful time together” on his bed during a visit to the apartment that lasted about half an hour, the actor said. Barrowman testified in a partially played-out deposition in court Monday that Rapp was in the bathroom when Barrowman and Spacey briefly flirted on the bed.

“It was a flirtatious and playful moment between two people who were attracted to each other,” Spacey said. “I was captivated by John Barrowman.”

On Monday, Spacey testified that he was sure he was never alone with Rapp, and that Rapp’s claim that Spacey hit him after a party at his apartment was not true.

“I knew I would have no sexual interest in Anthony Rapp or a child. That I knew,” Spacey said.

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