Anthony Rapp testified in a Manhattan courtroom on Oct. 11 and spoke about the trauma he has endured since then Kevin Spacey allegedly sexually assaulted him more than 30 years ago. The actor, who is best known for his role on Broadway’s Rentwas reportedly speaking about the alleged incident in which Kevin, now 63, picked him up from the bed while he was watching TV and pushed against him before he managed to get away, while being questioned by the co-actor’s defense lawyer , Jennifer Keller, during the sexual misconduct hearing for the case. He also mentioned that when he watched some of Kevin’s movies like american beautyin which Kevin’s adult character has a relationship with a teenage girl, he felt uncomfortable, according to the Associated Press.
“It felt unpleasantly familiar,” Anthony, now 50, reportedly said during his testimony. “It was disturbing.” He also reportedly mentioned that he was afraid he would accidentally see Kevin again after the alleged sexual assault took place, and when he looked Working girl in 1988 he was unaware that he was in the film. When he saw him on the screen, his body suddenly filled with adrenaline and his palms sweated. “It was like someone poked me with a cattle prod,” he said, the outlet further reported.
In addition to the reactions he had when he saw some of Kevin’s movies, Anthony detailed the alleged sexual assault incident, which Kevin denies, when cross-examined by Keller. He claimed that after meeting backstage at one of Kevin’s Broadway shows, the Horrible bosses star invited him and an older friend to a nightclub, and days later he invited him to a party at his apartment, where the alleged incident took place.
Anthony claimed he was watching TV in one of the bedrooms when Kevin entered. “He picked me up like a groom picks up a bride,” he allegedly testified, adding that he felt Kevin “press his pelvis into my hip” before he “managed to swing away” and leave . Kevin was in court at the time of the evidence and Anthony admitted it was “extremely difficult” to see him again but said he was doing so “maybe [he] others can help,” AP reported.
Anthony’s testimony comes almost five years after he first accused Kevin of the sexual assault, in an interview with BuzzFeed. After the allegation made headlines, Kevin was fired from his role House of cards and replace in All the money in the world. Many other accusations against him have also come out, including a 2018 lawsuit in which he allegedly raped a young man and a charge of sexually assaulting three men in the UK. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Anthony is expected to continue his testimony in the courtroom on Wednesday. He is seeking $40 million in compensatory and punitive damages for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to Reuters.