Judge orders accuser Kevin Spacey to reveal himself in costume – fr

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Judge orders accuser Kevin Spacey to reveal himself in costume – fr


NEW YORK – A man accusing Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed anonymously in court.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the man proceed solely as a “CD” in a September lawsuit filed in New York State court and later transferred to the federal court.

The man had met Spacey in the New York suburban acting class before the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuit which claims more than $ 40 million in damages.

Kaplan said CD’s interest in privacy did not outweigh the presumption of open court proceedings and the prejudice to Spacey’s defense that would occur if he could proceed anonymously.

The judge added that those with information that could support Spacey would also not be able to come forward.

The judge said that since the 1990s, CD had spoken to an unknown number of people about his allegations against Spacey and had apparently cooperated on a New York magazine article that was posted on an online website, ” Vulture ”, in November 2017.

He said that “the evidence suggests that CD knowingly and repeatedly took the risk that either of these people would at one time or another reveal their true identity in a way that would portray that identity to the attention of the general public ”.

Kaplan noted that CD also recruited for the trial co-plaintiff, Anthony Rapp, who appeared on “Rent” on Broadway and in “Star Trek: Discovery” on television.

The lawsuit said the older actor made a sexual advance to teenage Rapp at a 1980s party.

When Rapp first spoke publicly about his claim in 2017, others also went public and Spacey’s then famous career came to an abrupt end.

At the time, Spacey released a statement saying he didn’t remember the meeting but apologized.

The judge said lawyers for CD claim that using their client’s name will trigger post-traumatic stress disorder and that the resulting anxiety, nightmares and depression is a consequence that probably cannot be avoided as the case progressed and CD was eventually forced to testify in public. .

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