In a wild turn of events, the massage therapist who filed suit against actor Kevin Spacey for sexual assault has passed away.
“Lawyers for Spacey filed a ‘notice of statement noting plaintiff’s death” in the federal case on Tuesday. They said they were informed on September 11th that the masseur had “recently passed,'” reports Page Six.
The unnamed massage therapist filed suit as an anonymous John Doe in 2018, claiming that Kevin Spacey “assaulted and battered” him during a massage session in Malibu in October 2016.
“Spacey assaulted and battered plaintiff by forcing the plaintiff to touch his scrotum, testicles, and penis, grabbing plaintiff’s shoulders and pulling him in for an apparent attempted forced kiss, and grabbing plaintiff’s genitalia,” alleged the plaintiff at the time in court documents reported on by Deadline. “During these assaults, plaintiff repeatedly asked Spacey to allow him to leave, but Spacey blocked access to Spacey’s massage table and the door with his naked body.”
“Spacey’s conduct was extreme and outrageous,” the filing continued. “Spacey acted with reckless disregard for plaintiff’s rights and feelings, and with deliberate indifference to the certainty that plaintiff would suffer emotional distress. As a direct and proximate result of Spacey’s actions, plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer severe mental anguish, emotional pain and distress, fear, humiliation, grief, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, anger, frustration, helplessness, nervousness , sadness, stress, mental and emotional distress, and anxiety. The general and special damages suffered by plaintiff as a proximate result of the wrongful actions of the Spacey exceed the jurisdictional minimum of the Superior Court.”
No exact details have been provided as to what led to the massage therapist’s death at this time. His lawsuit, however, could persist by his estate. News of his death comes just two months after Massachusetts prosecutors dropped all charges against Spacey in another sexual assault against an 18-year-old man “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness.”
The busboy chose to plead the Fifth Amendment when Spacey’s lawyers questioned him regarding allegedly deleted Snapchat messages that could have proved their sexual encounter was consensual.
“This entire case is completely compromised,” Spacey’s lawyers said at the time. “This case needs to be dismissed and I believe it should be dismissed today.”
Though Kevin Spacey has been hit with multiple accusations of sexual harassment and assault, that particular case represented the only criminal charge against him. The “House of Cards” actor has denied all the charges and maintained his innocence.
Shortly after the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement focused on Spacey when actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that when he just 14, the “American Beauty” star drunkenly forced himself on Rapp at a party. Immediately after, multiple allegations of sexual assault broke against Kevin Spacey in both Britain and the United States.
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago,” Spacey said in response to Rapp’s allegation. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”