Sexual assault victim drops million dollar claim against Kevin Spacey over privacy concerns
A New York judge had ordered the anonymous plaintiff either publicly identify himself or drop his lawsuit.
A multi-million dollar sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey is likely to be dismissed after the plaintiff refused to publicly disclose his identity.
According to the New York Times, a federal judge in New York had previously ordered the anonymous plaintiff to reveal his identity to Spacey’s attorneys.
And then, this month, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled that the prosecutor would have to provide public identification if he was to take the case to court.
“Even this court’s decision on the matter has resulted in multiple news reports in all media, both nationally and internationally,” wrote CD lawyers. “The sudden unwanted attention that revealing his identity arouses is just too much for him.”
In a letter, the lawyers said they expect the CD to be removed from the case. However, CD’s attorneys say they plan to appeal Kaplan’s verdict.
Yahoo! News notes that CD has sued Spacey alongside actor Anthony Rapp.
Rapp, Yahoo! added, was the first person to publicly accuse Spacey of sexual harassment. According to his lawsuit, Rapp says that in 1986 Spacey made “undesirable sexual advances” against him in Spacey’s house.
Rapp was only 14 years old at the time.
CD also claims he met Spacey while taking an acting class in the early 1980s. The actor allegedly invited CD into his apartment a few years later when the CD was still a minor and engaged in non-consensual sexual acts on him.
Spacey’s attorneys said CD needed to be publicly identified so they could interview eyewitnesses and gather evidence to either confirm or refute the man’s claims.
Kaplan agreed, realizing that CD is now in his fifties and made a conscious choice to bring “serious charges” against Spacey.
“Although CD contains allegations of alleged sexual abuse as a minor, he is now an adult in his fifties who has determined to bring serious charges against a defendant in public,” Kaplan wrote. “Fairness requires that he be willing to stand up for his charges publicly.”
CD attorneys say they will continue the case with Rapp as plaintiff, but also plan to appeal Kaplan’s verdict against CD.
Jayne S. Ressler, associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, told the New York Times that judges across the country are finding it increasingly difficult to open up sexual assault victims’ desire for privacy with the judiciary’s presumption as well to reconcile with accused persons’ rights to defend themselves.
“It’s the idea of balancing an open court system with the idea of protecting a person’s right to relief,” Ressler told the Times.
Some victim advocates have said that forcing people to reveal their real names after rape or sexual assault could result in others no longer speaking justice.
“The risk of being publicly identified is a major deterrent for many sexual violence survivors,” National Rape, Abuse and Incest spokesman Erinn Robinson told the New York Times. “Decisions in these cases should always be made with a trauma-informed and victim-centered understanding of the impact this can have on the healing of survivors.”
A $ 40 million lawsuit against Kevin Spacey is said to be dismissed after the man who accused him of sexual assault refuses to show his identity
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