As was the case for most of Tuesday, Kevin Spacey’s attorney Jennifer Keller once again sought out Dragoon Anthony Rapp on the witness stand Star Trek: Discovery Actor’s $40 million sexual misconduct lawsuit against the former house of cards captain.
Her cross-examination of Rapp lasted about an hour today — bringing the total duration to almost five hours — but the real fireworks came near the end of Rapp’s attorney Peter Saghir’s referral of his client — when he asked if Rapp had told BuzzFeed about Spacey in turn about his raise public profile.
“I reached out because I knew I wasn’t the only one Kevin Spacey had made advances to,” Rapp testified.
This caused an uproar in the courtroom when Spacey’s lawyers disagreed. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan allowed the appeal, ordered the verdict struck from the record and directed the jury to ignore it. A subsequent bank conference lasted several minutes before Kaplan said, “Ruling stands.”
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Saghir then had one final question for his client: had Rapp made up any of his story about Spacey. “I haven’t,” he testified. “It’s something that happened to me that wasn’t okay.”
Rapp has now completed his testimony in the case.
During their previous rap crossing, Keller continued to pound on his story about why he gave her to BuzzFeed — and why he never mentioned Spacey to his therapist, asking in disbelief, “You haven’t told him what you think is one of the most traumatic.” events in your life?”
Later, during his relay through Saghir, Rapp testified, “It didn’t occur to my thinking in any aspect of what I was talking about.”
Keller also asked Rapp about his motivation for going public with the Spacey allegations.
“You were on the news star trek streaming show, but it wasn’t clear it would be renewed for a second season in 2017,” she said. “They wanted to promote the show, increase your visibility,” and going public with the BuzzFeed story was part of that, she said. Then she asked why Rapp didn’t do it The New York Times, which was a leader in #MeToo coverage. “Isn’t Buzzfeed known for lists and quizzes about celebs?” she asked.
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Rapp defended BuzzFeed as a reputable news service and Adam Vary, who published the story, as a reporter whose work he knew and trusted because it was sensitive and fair.
At this point, Keller began to attack Vary’s credibility. She showed the court texts between Rapp and Vary, one of which states that BuzzFeed could not confirm Spacey had been at the 2008 Tony Awards, where Rapp initially claimed to have had a surprising, brief, wordless encounter with Spacey in the bathroom. According to the lyrics, Rapp later realized it was 1999, but Keller focused earlier on a part where Vary said that if they can’t pinpoint the year, the article was “steering away from precise specificity” rather than “nailing.” ‘ would set a specific date which Spacey could then flatly deny.”
Vary has been subpoenaed in the case, but it’s not clear if he will testify.
After grueling morning and early afternoon sessions with Keller, which ripped through Rapp’s memory of meeting Spacey over 30 years ago, the events at Spacey’s Upper East Side apartment, and Rapp’s response, both short- and long-term, the Attorney for Keller Anderle captures much of what may or may not have happened in the George Furth-penned play precious sons in which Rapp appeared in 1986.
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In this sense, Keller strongly suggested that Rapp’s memory of events was alternately incorrect, selective, or conveniently blurry, and was sometimes influenced by his theatrical work, which she felt he used to construct the molestation narrative. “The rhythms of the piece had kind of entered your subconscious,” said the Advocate, a point Rapp didn’t directly argue — he’d written so much in his memoir that he’d find himself reciting dialogue in real-life situations.
In the Chicago set precious sons, Ed Harris, who plays Rapp’s father, comes home drunk and, mistaking the son for his wife, climbs on him in a darkened living room while the boy sleeps on the couch and begs for sex. “He climbed on you twice a night for weeks,” Keller said during the play’s performance as Spacey, the judge, and others in the courtroom looked on. She then went on to ask if Rapp had “got used to” the scene. “To an extent,” yes, he replied.
Having settled or fired a number of previous lawsuits, Spacey still owes him $31 million house of cards Producers MRC because his alleged misconduct on the Netflix political drama was a material violation of his acting and executive producing contracts. Regardless of the outcome of the Rapp process Swimming with Sharks Star Spacey also has a British sexual assault trial due to start next summer on the other side of the Atlantic.
The process is expected to be completed early next week.
Sean Piccoli and Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.