New York jury dismisses sexual assault lawsuit against Kevin Spacey

An 11-member jury deliberated for just over an hour Thursday before ruling in favor of actor Kevin Spacey in a civil lawsuit filed against him by Anthony Rapp. Rapp accused Spacey, then 26, of sexually abusing him in 1986 when he was 14 years old.

The jury of the three-week trial in New York federal court dismissed Rapp’s lawsuit seeking $40 million in damages and accepted Spacey’s defense that the alleged encounter never took place.

In dismissing the lawsuit, the jury dismissed Rapp’s allegation, first made in 2017 in the early days of the #MeToo witch hunt, that he was molested while he was a minor at a party at Spacey’s apartment during a season they were both actors Broadway.

In doing so, the jury also rejected a central premise of the #MeToo movement: facts, evidence and evidence do not count and accusations by accusers alone are enough to destroy the accused’s careers.

In October 2017, BuzzFeed News published, in lurid detail, Rapp’s claims about Spacey’s “sexual misconduct.” A corporate media campaign ensued, led by the New York Timeswhich ended Spacey’s acting career.