Anthony Rapp has spoken about his civil suit against Kevin Spacey in his first public comments since the trial concluded in October this year.
Rapp, who is known for his performances in Star Trek: Discovery and in the original Broadway production of Renthad sought $40 million in damages after alleging that a then 26-year-old Spacey made an “unwanted sexual advance” on him when he was 14 during a party at Spacey’s Manhattan apartment in 1986.
Spacey “categorically” denied the allegation.
In October, the three-week trial ended after a New York City jury concluded that Spacey had not molested Rapp.
During an event by the meteor Over the weekend, Rapp spoke about the trial and his initial decision to air his allegations against the trial house of cards Actor.
“A courtroom is not a safe place for trauma, that’s for sure,” he told presenter Salamishah Tillet about the limits of confronting trauma through legal channels. “That’s why I deeply understand why some people don’t take this approach.
“What is proof? How do you prove things? Part of the movement is so much about honoring a story, listening, being a mirror, holding, healing. You talk about these things. These things aren’t necessarily something a courtroom is even interested in. It’s not the only way. It’s an avenue. I wanted to take the opportunity to see what could be possible.”
Of his decision to bring allegations against Spacey in the early weeks of the #MeToo movement, Rapp said: “I had heard that other people had shared with me other incidents that they had experienced with Kevin Spacey over the years.
“I put my experience aside a bit because a lot of the stories I heard were worse. So I didn’t think my experience would necessarily rise to that level,” he said. “I’ve talked to other particularly young actors — mostly in Hollywood, probably more so than in New York.
“It was widespread. The lights are on so hopefully it doesn’t happen that often to some of these very vulnerable young men,” he added.
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In October, after the verdict was announced, Rapp shared a statement on social media. Although the court did not rule in his favour, Rapp explained that he found some satisfaction in being part of a movement against sexual violence.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have my case heard before a jury and I thank the jury members for their service,” his statement began.
“This lawsuit has always been about standing up as part of a larger movement against all forms of sexual violence.”
Towards the end of his statement, Rapp expressed hope that recognition of sexual violence will continue and that those who have experienced it will speak out.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/anthony-rapp-kevin-spacey-trial-b2225198.html Anthony Rapp talks about Kevin Spacey in first comments since trial