Actor Anthony Rapp and another man filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Kevin Spacey, accusing him of sexual assaulting them in the 1980s when they were teenagers. Rapp, who starred in Rent on Broadway and in Star Trek: Discovery on TV, first spoke out against the Oscar-winning Spacey in 2017, a decision that drove others to speak up and abruptly end Spacey’s celebrated career.
In the lawsuit which he filed at the state supreme court in Manhattan, Rapp detailed what publicly said about Spacey: that the older actor made a sexual advance to him when Rapp attended a party as a teenager. When Rapp first made the accusation, Spacey issued a statement claiming he didn’t remember the encounter but apologized for it.
The other plaintiff, who goes by the initials CD, said that he met Spacey as a teenager while taking an acting class, and that Spacey engaged in sexual acts with him on multiple occasions after inviting him to his apartment. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff said Spacey tried to assault him sexually on his final visit.
Since the allegations started emerging, Spacey has been involved in other legal cases. Last October, prosecutors in Los Angeles nullified a sexual battery case because the accuser had died. In July, prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped a case when the 18-year-old man who accused Spacey of groping him refused to testify.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.