Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kevin Spacey Accuser Drops Lawsuit Against Actor Over Alleged Groping

Kevin Spacey Accuser Drops Lawsuit Against Actor Over Alleged Groping

A young man who said Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor.

Unruh accused Spacey of assault in a 2017 press conference, leading Massachusetts State Police to open an investigation into the allegation and the eventual criminal charge.

Last week, legal experts told ABC News that it's not unprecedented to file a civil lawsuit in the middle of an ongoing criminal case. The accuser's suit sought unspecified damages for "severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries".

No reason was provided either by Garabedian or in the court filing.

The filing doesn't indicate whether a settlement has been reached, but it does not seek attorneys' costs and was filed "with prejudice" - which means the lawsuit can not be refiled.

There are several cases of assault now under investigation by police both in the USA and the United Kingdom against Spacey. While he still faces criminal charges, the civil suit against him has been dismissed. Spacey's lawyer has said the phone contains text messages that would prove the actor's innocence.

Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett has ordered the man to hand the phone over to the defence, but his lawyer said they can not find it.

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Garabedian has said the family is unable to locate the phone.

In a court appearance last month, the thespian's attorney, Alan Jackson, alleged the boy's phone - which he claimed featured "frat boy activities" - was wiped clean before it was handed to the police.

The accuser was 18 years old at the time of the incident.

In October 2017, he was accused of trying to seduce actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old back in 1986.

Spacey is best known for his roles in The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential, American Beauty and the TV series House of Cards.

Spacey said on Twitter that he did not remember the incident, but apologized at "what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior". "House Of Cards" Alternate Endings?

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