Man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault has 10 days to identify himself so civil case can proceed, judge rules
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NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 07: Actor Kevin Spacey during his arraignment for sexual assault charges at Nantucket District Court on January 7, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. (Photo by Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Spacey
A man who says Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him in the 1980s when he was 14 has 10 days to identify himself so that a civil case against the actor can proceed, a judge ruled Monday.
(CNN)A man who says Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him in the 1980s when he was 14 must identify himself within 10 days so that a civil case against the actor can proceed, a judge ruled Monday.
The man, only identified in court documents as "C. D. ," says he met the actor around 1981 when he was student in Spacey's acting class in Westchester County, New York, according to court documents.
"C. D. argues that there is a competing public interest in keeping the identity of those who make sexual assault allegations anonymous so that they are not deterred from vindicating their rights," Kaplan wrote.
"Though C. D. is correct that the public generally has an interest in protecting those who make sexual assault allegations so that they are not deterred from vindicating their rights, it does not follow that the public has an interest in maintaining the anonymity of every person who alleges sexual assault or other misconduct of a highly personal nature," Kaplan added.
Actor Anthony Rapp, who joined C. D. in the civil lawsuit against Spacey, alleges the actor made unwanted sexual advances on him when he was 14, according to the lawsuit.