The first witness in a civil trial in whichTestifying on Friday about having sex with a 14-year-old boy in the mid-1980s, Spacey had taken a similar step with him years earlier.
Andrew Holtzman was called by lawyers to testify for the actorJoe, who is seeking $40 million in damages for psychological injuries, says he survived as a result of an encounter with Spacey at an after party in 1986.
Spacey’s legal team has said Rapp’s allegation is false — he never attended the party, he said. And even if it had happened as Rapp described it, he argued, it would not be a sexual advance.
Rapp, 50, began testifying on Friday, but the jury was sent to lunch several minutes later, with Rapp providing biographical information about himself. The rap claims, which were first made public in 2017, were the first among others that largely kicked off Spacey’s career.
At the time, Spacey was starring in Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards.” She is also known for her role in the 1999 film “American Beauty”, which won her an Academy Award.
As a teenager, Rapp starred in films including “Adventures in Babysitting”. He was later part of the original Broadway cast of “Rent” and is now a regular on “Star Trek: Discovery” on television.
During initial statements Thursday, Rapp’s attorneys told a Manhattan federal court jury that they would prove that Spacey picked up Rapp, placed him on a bed in his apartment, and was on top of him before Rapp walked away and fled the apartment. climbed. Spacey was 26 at the time.
Holtzman, now 68, testified that he was working in his office at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1981, when Spacey entered and found a system used by actors and others working for the company of seven theaters. sat down at an extra desk.
Holtzman said Spacey didn’t say anything when he entered the office in a windbreaker and “tight blue jeans”, but he remembered getting to know him because he saw his picture at the program “Henry IV”, which Spacey was performing at the time. was doing.
As she ended a telephone call, Holtzman stood at her desk and a sexually agitated Spacey walked up to her, lifted her by the crotch and placed her on the desk, Holtzman recalled.
“What are you doing? Get away from me!” He said he told Spacey.
“I could feel his build-up on my body,” Holtzman said.
After a few more minutes, Spacey got off her, grabbed her windbreaker and bag, and left the office, Holtzman said.
“He was angry,” he said.
At cross-examination, 63-year-old Spacey’s attorney showed Holtzman six pages of a program for “Henry IV,” and Holtzman said he did not see Spacey’s picture.
Spacey is facing similar allegations elsewhere. Earlier this summer, British prosecutorsWith four counts of sexual assault against three men. The alleged incidents took place in London between 2005 and 2013. , The trial is expected to begin on June 6, 2023, the British Press Association news agency reported.
in August,That Spacey and his production companies would have to pay “House of Cards” producers about $31 million in damages from their 2017 firing for sexual assault of crew members. He has denied the allegations through his lawyers.