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Man accusing Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him as a teenager must reveal his identity

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A man accusing Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, 61, of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed anonymously in court, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the man proceed only as ‘C.D.’ in a lawsuit filed in September in New York state court and later moved to federal court.

The man, who is now 52-years-old and lives on the east coast, had met Spacey in the actor’s suburban New York acting class in 1983 before the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuit which seeks over $40 million in damages.

A judge has ruled that a man who says he was sexually abused by Kevin Spacey when he was 14 years old cannot proceed unless he reveals his identity

Kaplan said C.D.’s privacy interest does not outweigh the presumption of open judicial proceedings and the prejudice to Spacey’s defense that would occur if he could proceed anonymously. 

Individuals with information that might support Spacey also would not know to come forward, the judge added.

C.D. since the 1990s had spoken to an unknown number of people about his claims against Spacey and had apparently cooperated for a New York magazine article that appeared on an online website, Vulture, in November 2017, Kaplan said.

He said ‘the evidence suggests that C.D. knowingly and repeatedly took the risk that any of these individuals at one point or another would reveal his true identity in a manner that would bring that identity to wide public attention.’

C.D. claims that Spacey, pictured center in 1989,  invited him to his apartment when he was 14 in 1983. American actors William Fichtner, seen left, and Matt Dillon, at right

C.D. claims that Spacey, pictured center in 1989,  invited him to his apartment when he was 14 in 1983. American actors William Fichtner, seen left, and Matt Dillon, at right

Kaplan noted that C.D. also recruited for the lawsuit his co-plaintiff, Anthony Rapp, who has appeared in Rent on Broadway and in Star Trek: Discovery on television. The lawsuit said the older actor made a sexual advance to a teenage Rapp at a 1980s party.

When Rapp first spoke publicly of his claim in 2017, others went public too and Spacey’s then-celebrated career abruptly halted. At the time, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn’t remember the encounter but apologized.

The judge said claims by C.D.’s lawyers that using their client’s name would trigger post traumatic stress disorder and the anxiety, nightmares and depression that come with it is a consequence that likely cannot be prevented as the case proceeds and C.D. is ultimately forced to testify in public.

The man claims Spacey attempted to rape him during their last encounter which saw C.D. run away from his apartment when he was just 14-years-old

The man claims Spacey attempted to rape him during their last encounter which saw C.D. run away from his apartment when he was just 14-years-old

He gave lawyers 10 days to reveal C.D.’s name if he continued to make the claims.

In an early March letter to the judge, attorney Peter Saghir said C.D. feels ‘extreme anxiety and psychological distress at even the thought of being required to proceed publicly’ and had reluctantly decided to drop his claims if Kaplan ordered him to proceed publicly.

Saghir and other lawyers for C.D. did not return requests for comment Monday. Neither did lawyers for Spacey, who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in American Beauty, a 1999 film in which he played a frustrated suburban father who lusts after his daughter’s best friend.

If C.D. drops his claims, he would not be the first to do so. Two years ago, a man who said Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 dropped his lawsuit.

Meanwhile, investigators in England have not yet said whether they will bring criminal charges against Spacey in connection with accusations made against him there for events alleged to have occurred from 1996 to 2013.

If C.D. drops his claims, he would not be the first to do so. Two years ago, a man who said Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016, pictured together here, dropped his lawsuit

If C.D. drops his claims, he would not be the first to do so. Two years ago, a man who said Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016, pictured together here, dropped his lawsuit

Spacey had been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars but faced scandal after claims he sexually assaulted Star Trek actor Antony Rapp, who was 14 at the time.

It sparked accusations by other men about his behaviour but none have ever reached court and have been denied.

Rapp’s public comments about him prompted Spacey to come out as gay in 2017.

He said he did not remember such an encounter with Rapp but apologised if the allegations were true.

Last year he compared his fall from grace to the coronavirus pandemic, and complained about losing his job following the accusations.

Spacey described his ‘painful’ journey three years after he was accused of assault by a string of men and said he could relate to workers who had been laid off during the Covid-19 spread.

Last year, Spacey complained about his treatment over sexual assault allegations that meant 'my job, many of my relationships were all gone in a matter of hours.'

Last year, Spacey complained about his treatment over sexual assault allegations that meant ‘my job, many of my relationships were all gone in a matter of hours.’

In comments for an interview for the Bits & Pretzels podcast, said: ‘I don’t think it will come as a surprise for anyone to say that my world completely changed in the fall of 2017.

‘My job, many of my relationships, my standing in my own industry were all gone in just a matter of hours.’

Not only did he get fired from Netflix hit House Of Cards, he was also removed from the completed movie All The Money In The World, which was reshot with actor Christopher Plummer in his role.

The actor, who has not appeared in a professional movie or series since the accusations were made, said: ‘I don’t often like to tell people that I can relate to their situation because I think it undermines the experience that they may be having which is their own unique and very personal experience.’

Spacey added: ‘But in this instance I feel as though I can relate to what it feels like to have your world suddenly stop.

‘And so while we may have found ourselves in similar situations, albeit for very different reasons and circumstances, I still believe that some of the emotional struggles are very much the same.

‘And so I do have empathy for what it feels like to suddenly be told that you can’t go back to work or that you might lose your job and that it’s a situation that you have absolutely no control over.’

Spacey has been largely quiet since the scandal save for some YouTube videos each year

Spacey has been largely quiet since the scandal save for some YouTube videos each year

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