A US jury has acquitted Hollywood star Kevin Spacey of sexual assault allegations in a civil trial. Spacey, 63, did not sexually molest actor Anthony Rapp, 50, in 1986, a jury ruled Thursday, according to the New York court. The jury, consisting of eleven people, had previously deliberated for around an hour and a half. The case sparked many more allegations and rocked Spacey's career.
The incident to which the lawsuit relates allegedly happened at a party in New York in 1986, according to Rapp. Rapp accused Spacey of being abusive at the time. At that time, Rapp, who later became known for the musical "Rent" and the TV series "Star Trek: Discovery", was 14 years old. With his civil suit against Spacey, he wanted to win around 40 million dollars in damages.
After Rapp's allegations, numerous other allegations against Spacey had been made in recent years. Several victims went to court, but some lawsuits were dropped or dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Crew members of the Netflix series "House of Cards" also accused Spacey of sexual harassment. The streaming giant then canceled the collaboration with him. At the end of May, Spacey was also reported in Great Britain for sexual assaults against three men. The prosecutor's office in London had announced that the cases were between 2005 and 2013.