Kevin Spacey's Attorneys Go After Accuser's Anonymity

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In September 2018, a massage therapist filed a lawsuit against Kevin Spacey for allegedly assaulting him at Spacey’s Malibu home in 2016. According to the complaint, the massage therapist, who chose to remain anonymous, entered Spacey’s home to massage him. The massage therapist said the actor forced the his hand to rub his genitals, twice, and at one point, Spacey allegedly stood up, tried to kiss him and offered to perform oral sex on him before he was able to leave the room.

On Thursday, Deadline reports, Spacey’s attorneys asked the lawsuit be dismissed. They also filed a court brief arguing against the victim’s anonymity, suggesting the case against Space would be “severely prejudiced” against him, and that doing so would render Spaceymore vulnerable to other threats and privacy invasions.”

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spacey’s attorneys believe the accuser’s anonymity “violates the longstanding requirement of judicial proceedings being open to the public, and multiple Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including the requirement that the Complaint identify the names of the parties and that a case be litigated by the real party in interest,” and “prevents possible unknown third parties with information about Plaintiff and his factual allegations from coming forward with information relevant to Mr. Fowler’s [Spacey’s legal name] defense.”

Last month, Spacey was arraigned on a felony charge of indecent assault and battery on an 18-year-old busboy at a Nantucket bar and will re-enter court on March 4. He is also currently under investigation in London for multiple sexual misconduct allegations.

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