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A massage therapist who alleged that Kevin Spacey had sexually assaulted him has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The accuser, who chose to remain anonymous, claimed in a September 2018 lawsuit that Spacey forced them to grab his genitals during a 2016 massage in Malibu, California.
The lawsuit could still continue in federal court in California if carried on by heirs of the anonymous massage therapist, though they would have to identify the accuser in order to administer the estate. Lawyers in the case also represented two other accusers who made massage-related allegations about Spacey.
Spacey, 60, a native of South Orange, has been the subject of a long series of allegations of sexual assault, harassment and sexual misconduct. The claims swiftly derailed the Oscar-winning actor’s career. After allegations began to surface in 2017, Spacey was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” and recast in the Ridley Scott movie “All the Money in the World.”
In July, a sexual assault charge was dropped against Spacey in Nantucket, Massachusetts after prosecutors said the witness, a 21-year-old man, was unavailable to testify about the whereabouts of a phone sought in the case. The accuser had alleged that in 2016, when he was 18, Spacey groped his crotch for several minutes at the bar where he worked.
In January, Spacey pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of indecent assault and battery in connection with the alleged Nantucket incident. On Christmas Eve in 2018, Spacey appeared in a bizarre video called “Let Me Be Frank” that he posted to YouTube. In the video, Spacey spoke like his “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood, seeming to address his firing from the show and the Nantucket allegations.
“I know what you want,” Spacey said in the video. “Oh, sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, it’s too powerful. I mean, after all, we shared everything, you and I. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honesty, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t. So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says.”
The Nantucket accuser, who sought unspecified damages for “severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries” caused by the alleged groping, dropped a civil case against the actor in July.
In August, Spacey made a rare public appearance in Rome, reading “The Boxer,” a poem by the Italian poet Gabriele Tinti.
“The more you are wounded, the greater you are and the more empty you are,” Spacey said in his performance. “They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment.”
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