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Kevin Spacey flirted with John Barrowman before prosecutor, New York court hears

Kevin Spacey flirted with and shared a bed with 19-year-old John Barrowman in 1986, but “nothing improper” happened, a US court heard.

The American actor took Mr Barrowman to his home along with a teenager Anthony Rapp, who has filed a civil suit against Mr Spacey in New York.

The Torchwood star, a high school friend of Mr Rapp’s, was staying with him when they met the Hollywood actor backstage at a New York theater.

The court heard the encounter took place before another alleged incident, in which Mr Rapp, then 14, claims he was the victim of an “unsolicited sexual advance” by Mr Spacey at a party.

That allegation, which Mr. Spacey has “categorically denied,” is the subject of the New York lawsuit.

On Tuesday, the court heard Mr Spacey invited both Mr Barrowman and Mr Rapp to dinner after they introduced themselves, and later to the city’s The Limelight club.

Mr Spacey’s attorney, Jennifer Keller, said that her client’s attention was focused on Mr Barrowman throughout the evening and that “nothing inappropriate” occurred.

Mr Spacey “did not offer (Mr Rapp) any alcohol” and the couple had never been alone together, Ms Keller told the court – which Mr Rapp accepted.

When asked if he thought he was “seen as a tagalong” that evening, Mr Rapp replied “no”.

Ms Keller also quoted part of a statement, not yet released, by Scottish-American actor Mr Barrowman, which said the couple had been lying on the bed after returning to Mr Spacey’s flat but had not engaged in sexual activity , because of the presence of Mr. Rapp.

The court heard Mr Barrowman later sent Mr Spacey flowers and the couple had kept in touch, with Mr Spacey often calling Mr Barrowman and his mother, which she “enjoyed”.

Ms Keller said Mr Rapp tried to portray Mr Spacey as a “harasser and stalker” as a result of those phone calls.

Earlier, Mr Rapp finished the statement he began on Friday, saying he “never wanted a career like Kevin Spacey’s” and was “proud and grateful” for his own.

But he added that it is his “duty” as an actor to watch the Hollywood star’s work, despite the alleged incident at the party in 1986.

“I’m an actor and I love films – these films have been celebrated and won awards,” he said.

“I felt like part of my job was seeing them, I knew he was in them so I could prepare.

“I felt like it was my duty as a fellow actor, as a person, as a part of this community — I had to put it aside.”

The case is expected to last two weeks and will be heard in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, presided over by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

In a US civil proceeding, allegations need only be proven “on the basis of probability” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt” by the criminal standard.

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