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The judge allows the sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey to continue

NEW YORK – A civil sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey may be heard in federal court in New York City, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said in a written ruling that the allegations that actor Anthony Rapp made against Spacey were a matter of material fact, whether Rapp sufficiently alleges that Spacey acted during a 1986 encounter at a Manhattan party to satisfy sexual desire when Rapp was 14.

The judge found that Rapp alleged that Spacey placed a clothed Rapp on a bed and briefly placed his own clothed body partially beside and partially over Rapp before Rapp “crawled his way out,” got up, and left the premises.

In his lawsuit, Rapp is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for what he alleges assault, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Rapp testified in testimony that during an encounter that lasted no more than two minutes, there were no kissing, undressing, reaching under clothing, and no sexualized remarks or innuendos, the judge said.

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Spacey denies the allegations.

Kaplan dismissed an allegation of common law assault and said the lawsuit was not included in those revived by a Child Victims Act in New York State that temporarily allowed individuals to make claims in cases in 2019 , where the statute of limitations would normally have barred them.

The verdict comes two weeks after British prosecutors said they had authorized police to charge Spacey with four counts of sexual assault against three men. The alleged incidents happened between 2005 and 2013 in London.

Peter Saghir, an attorney for Rapp, declined to comment. An attorney for Spacey did not respond for comment.

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