Kevin Spacey takes the stand in NYC courtroom to deny sex abuse claims by Anthony Rapp

NEW YORK — Kevin Spacey testified Monday in a New York courtroom that he never sexually assaulted actor Anthony Rapp, who has sued and claimed the Oscar winner tried to put him to bed when he was 14.

The actor, who posed as “Kevin Spacey Fowler,” was questioned about Rapp’s claims that a then 26-year-old Spacey picked him up like a bridegroom would a bride and placed him on his bed after a 1986 party before lying down on it have him.

Rapp testified early in the trial that he struggled out from under Spacey in the fully clothed encounter before fleeing the apartment, only to have Spacey follow him to the door and ask him if he was sure he was going wool.

“They are not true,” Spacey said of the allegations.

Spacey said he met Rapp and another aspiring actor, John Barrowman, backstage after Spacey’s Broadway performance in Long Day’s Journey into Night. He said he took her to dinner, to a nightclub and eventually to his studio apartment, where he flirted with Barrowman – who was 19 at the time – but showed no interest in Rapp before the two visitors left.

“Anthony Rapp seemed like a kid and John Barrowman like a man,” Spacey said in a report, which was backed up by a statement from Barrowman.

Rapp has testified that he and Barrowman went home immediately after the nightclub outing and that Spacey didn’t invite him to the apartment for the first time until days later. He said Spacey waited for the other guests at the party to leave before turning to face him.

Spacey also described his dismay at a 2017 news report in which Rapp went public with his allegations.

At the time the #MeToo movement was gaining momentum, “the industry was very nervous. There was a lot of fear in the air about who would be next,” he said.

He added: “I was shocked. I was scared and I was confused. … I knew I was never alone with Anthony Rapp.”

He also told jurors he never “had a sexual interest in Anthony Rapp or any child. I knew that.”

Spacey dabbed at his eyes as he described being pressured into a statement saying he doesn’t remember anything happening to Rapp, but would be sorry “if” it was somehow true. His managers said “it’s the best way to contain a crisis that was about to get worse” and to avoid being accused of “victim shame,” he said.

Now he added: “I regret my entire statement.”

Spacey was also asked if he’s been private about his personal life throughout his career.

“I grew up in a very complicated family dynamic,” he said, explaining that his father’s rants made him hate bigotry and intolerance.

“My father was a white supremacist and neo-Nazi,” Spacey said. “It meant that my siblings and I were forced to spend hours listening to my father teach us about his faith.”

Spacey called it “humiliating and terrifying when friends came to his house” because he was never sure what his father would say to them or to him.

“I had to keep everything that happened in this house to myself. We never, ever talked about it. I’ve never spoken publicly about these things,” he said.

When Spacey first became interested in theater, he said he endured the screams of his father, who “used to yell at me because I thought I might be gay.”

Spacey’s testimony began two hours after Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dismissed an allegation of intentional infliction of emotional distress after Rapp’s attorneys concluded their argument. Kaplan said elements of the allegation duplicate Rapp’s claim that he was a victim of assault and assault.

Spacey’s attorney pleaded for the case to be dismissed, arguing that Rapp’s attorneys failed to prove his claims.

Kaplan said the trial could proceed with assault and physical harm claims being made by Rapp, a 50-year-old regular on the television “Star Trek: Discovery.” He was part of the original Broadway cast of Rent.

Spacey, 63, was an Oscar-winning actor popular on the Netflix series House of Cards when claims by Rapp and others abruptly ended his career in 2017.

Rapp appeared on Broadway in 1986’s Precious Sons when he met Spacey.

Rapp testified several days earlier in the trial, which entered its third week on Monday.

The Associated Press typically doesn’t name people making allegations of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, as Rapp did.

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