Kevin Spacey Sued by Massage Therapist for Alleged Sexual Assault and Battery 


On Thursday, a massage therapist filed a lawsuit against Kevin Spacey for allegedly assailing him at Spacey’s home in 2016. The complaint seeks damages for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.

In the complaint, published by Deadline and originally reported by The Blast, the therapist, identified as John Doe, claims that he went to Spacey’s home for a routine session. Spacey allegedly ushered him into an upstairs room in the guest house and locked the door behind him; midway through the massage, he alleges, Spacey twice grabbed his hand and forced him to rub his genitals. The therapist recalls replying: “What are you doing? This is ridiculous. I am a professional. This is what I do for a living. I have a son.” He further alleges that Spacey stood up nude and, over his protests, grabbed him by the shoulders, blocked the door, again forced his hand, and tried to give him oral sex before finally allowing him to flee.

He claims that allegedly being sexually attacked while engaged in his daily professional services has inflicted a long list of lasting traumas including “severe mental anguish, emotional pain and distress, fear, humiliation, grief, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, anger, frustration, helplessness, nervousness, sadness, stress, mental and emotional distress, and anxiety.” He claims that the encounter has directly negatively impacted his earnings.

The therapist says that he has reported the allegations to the LAPD.

It has been reported that Spacey is already under investigation by Scotland Yard for allegations made by six different people in the UK. At least two other cases have been submitted to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, one of which was rejected as the statute of limitations had passed. Several of over 30 accusers–including 20 reportedly made directly to the Old Vic Theater where Spacey was artistic director from 2004-2015–claim that they were teens at the time of alleged instances ranging from harassment to attempted rape; Spacey has since denied allegations or neglected to comment. But he did not deny the first, made in late October 2017 by Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey made a sexual advance on him in a bed when Rapp was 14. Spacey tweeted a statement saying that he was “horrified” and did not remember the alleged encounter but said that “if I did behave as [Rapp] describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He has not tweeted since.

In November 2017, a representative told The Hollywood Reporter that Spacey is “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment.”

Jezebel has reached out to representatives for Spacey about the previous allegations and the latest lawsuit and will update the post if we hear back.

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