Anthony Rapp responds to Kevin Spacey trial verdict

Hours after a New York City jury found Kevin Spacey did not molest him in the ’80s, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ actor Anthony Rapp has said his sexual assault lawsuit and related civil suit against the former ‘House of Cards” star represent something bigger.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have my case heard before a jury and I thank the jury members for their service,” he said in a Statement posted on Twitter. “This lawsuit has always been about standing up as part of a larger movement against all forms of sexual violence.”

In 2017, the former “Rent” actor and another man filed a $40 million lawsuit against Spacey, accusing the two-time Oscar winner of sexual assault in the ’80s when they were teenagers. Rapp claimed he was molested in Spacey’s Manhattan apartment in 1986 at the age of 14.

After a three-week trial, federal court concluded Thursday that Spacey, 63, did not sexually assault the younger actor, 50. The deliberations lasted a little over an hour. When the jury acquitted Spacey of the charges, he hugged attorneys and others before exiting the courtroom.

In an email statement to The Times on Thursday, Rapp’s attorney, Richard Steigman, claimed that “Anthony was telling the truth in court,” but added that “we respect the jury’s verdict.”

Spacey officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment Thursday.

According to CNN, one of Spacey’s attorneys commented on the verdict as he left court on Thursday.

“We are very grateful to the jury for clearing these false allegations,” said Jennifer Keller.

Though the verdict wasn’t what Rapp and his team had hoped, the actor said he will continue to speak out against sexual abuse.

“I pledge to remain committed to efforts to ensure we can live and work in a world free from sexual violence of any kind,” he added. “I sincerely hope that survivors will continue to tell their stories and fight for accountability.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Anthony Rapp responds to Kevin Spacey trial verdict

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