Kevin Spacey flirted with 19-year-old John Barrowman and “laid with him,” a court has heard.
The former ‘House of Cards’ star is being sued by ‘Torchwood’ actor’s former classmate, Anthony Rapp, who has accused the disgraced actor of assaulting him at a party in 1986 when he was just 14 and Spacey was a decade older. As their legal battle continued Tuesday (10/11/22) in Manhattan, the judge learned the trio had met in the 1980s.
John, now 55, testified that he was staying with Anthony when they met Spacey backstage at a New York theater before going to dinner and then to a club. The ‘American Beauty’ star’s attorney, Jennifer Keller, says the actor’s attention was focused on the former ‘Dancing On Ice’ judge but “nothing inappropriate” happened.
She asked Anthony, who was on the witness stand, if he thought he had been “seen as an attendant,” but he replied “no.”
The attorney then quoted from a previously unreleased portion of John’s testimony, in which he explained that they returned to Spacey’s apartment and lay down on the bed, but that they did not engage in sexual activity due to his boyfriend’s presence.
John sent flowers to the ‘Usual Suspects’ star and the pair kept in touch, with the older actor often calling his new boyfriend and his mother, which she “appreciated”.
This account differs from that of Anthony, who previously said they went home immediately after going to the nightclub.
Spacey’s attorney asked him, “As soon as Mr. Barrowman testified, you realized you had a problem with your story.”
The ‘Rent’ actor replied: “I’m not disputing his story. I just don’t remember it.”
Elsewhere, during cross-examination, Ms. Keller questioned a 2018 speech by Anthony in which he cited Lupita Nyong’o’s article in The New York Times about her experience with Harvey Weinstein as the reason he showed up about Spacey.
She said, “It’s just not true that your article inspired you, is it?”
He replied, “I don’t see how that couldn’t be true.”
The attorney then pulled out a copy of the October 19, 2017 article before showing screenshots of a conversation between the Star Trek: Discovery and his friend, BuzzFeed reporter Adam Vary.
The first was dated October 11th and Anthony wrote: “I want to speak about another very powerful person in our industry.
His friend replied two days later, “I think everyone here wants to make sure your story has the greatest impact.”
When asked about the news, Anthony said, “This is how I remember how events unfolded when I think back on them.”
The lawyer replied scornfully, “You weren’t 31, were you?”
She then argued that the anecdote about Lupita was considered “useful for you to gain more sympathy,” but the witness insisted that wasn’t the case, as he “confused” the opinion piece with the broader allegations about Weinstein. .
Despite the ordeal he would have endured, Anthony admitted to having seen Spacey in many films, on TV and in theater since then and said it was his “duty” as an actor to see the star’s work, but insisted he did that he “never wanted to have a career” like his.
Anthony filed a civil lawsuit against Spacey after a judge dismissed a criminal complaint alleging sexual assault in 2020. He is demanding compensation for mental and emotional pain, medical bills and job loss.