The judge ruled Monday that a man accusing Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 years old could not proceed anonymously in court.
US District Judge Louis A. Kaplan of Manhattan refused to go to the “CD” in a lawsuit filed in New York State court last September and later transferred the man to federal court.
According to a lawsuit claiming damages of more than $40 million, the man met Spacey in the actor’s New York suburban acting class before being accused of abuse.
Kaplan said the CD’s privacy interests don’t outweigh the presumptions of public judicial proceedings and the prejudice of Spacey’s defense that could arise if he could proceed anonymously. Even individuals with the information to support Spacey will not know how to move forward, the judge added.
Since the 1990s, CD has spoken to an unknown number of people about his claims about Spacey, and it appears to have cooperated with a New York magazine article that appeared on its online website. vulture, In November 2017, Kaplan said.
“Evidence suggests that the CD deliberately and repeatedly revealed that these individuals at one point or another, revealing their true identity, taking that identity in a way that would appeal to the public.”
Kaplan noted that the CD had been recruited for a lawsuit starring in his co-plainer Anthony Rapp. lease Broadway and Star Trek: Discovery On television. The lawsuit revealed that the older actor had a sexual approach to teenage Rapp at a party in the 1980s.
When Rapp first made their claims public in 2017, others were also revealed, and Spacey’s career celebrated at the time suddenly stopped. At the time, Spacey made a statement that he apologized, although he did not remember the meeting.
The judge argues that the use of the client’s name can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and consequent anxiety, nightmares, and depression, with CD attorneys alleging that the case will go on and the CD will ultimately be forced to testify publicly. .
He gave the lawyers 10 days to name the CD if they continued to argue.
In a letter to the judge in early March, attorney Peter Saghir said that the CD “feeling extreme anxiety and psychological distress even though the thought should be done publicly” and that Kaplan reluctantly decided to abandon his claim when ordered to proceed publicly. .
Saghir and other lawyers on the CD did not respond to requests for comment on Monday. Spacey’s lawyer, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor, American beauty, A 1999 film in which he played a frustrated suburban father who desires his daughter’s best friend.
If the CD took back his claim, he wouldn’t be the first to do that. Two years ago, a man who said he was stuttering at Spacey’s 2016 launching turret bar dismissed the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, investigators in England have yet to say whether they will criminally prosecute Spacey in connection with accusations against Spacey in the 1996-2013 case.