A New York court has dismissed a civil lawsuit for $40 million in sexual misconduct. Kevin Spacey by an actor who claimed that a Hollywood star sexually abused him in 1985 when he was 14. Also read: Kevin Spacey denies sexually assaulting minors in testimony at sex abuse trial in New York
The accuser, now an actor, visited Kevin’s home with another friend (actor John Barrowman, who was 19 at the time), claiming that Kevin touched him inappropriately and lay next to him. In the civil lawsuit, he was suing Kevin for “emotional distress.” However, a jury ruled that the prosecution could not prove that the two-time Oscar winner “touched sexual or intimate body parts,” and Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed the case.
According to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, after about an hour of deliberation, “the jury found the defendant not liable.” A 63-year-old woman was seen leaving court shortly after the verdict was announced. However, he did not speak to reporters waiting outside. His attorney then said in his statement: Spacey is grateful to live in a country where citizens are entitled to a trial by an impartial jury that makes decisions based on evidence, not rumors or social media. ”
In a statement to news agency AFP, the accuser’s attorney, Peter Saghir, said his client “told his truth in court”. In his lawsuit, the now 50-year-old actor walked into the bedroom where Kevin Spacey was watching TV, picked him up and said, He accused the senior actor of picking him up on the bed and laying down next to him briefly.
Kevin Spacey had denied the accusations when they first surfaced in 2017, saying he had no memory of it. Fired from ‘House of Cards’ and the movie ‘All the Money in the World’. At the time, he was criticized for half apologizing. During a cross-examination in New York earlier this week, Kevin Spacey publicly apologized after saying he felt “shocked, frightened and confused” by the accusations and was pressed by his advisers and now regrets it. did.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting three men in the UK between March 2005 and April 2013. Those charges were also dropped by a Massachusetts court in 2019.
(with AFP input)
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