Anonymous massage therapist who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault dies a year after claiming the actor made him grab his genitals during a session in Malibu
- Referred to as ‘John Doe,’ he accused Spacey of sexual assault two years ago
- Spacey allegedly forced the massage therapist to grab his genitals
- ‘John Doe’ heirs could still sue Spacey, but it’s likely a judge would want to him identified
- The Oscar-winning actor has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men
- In July, charges by an 18-year-old busboy in Massachusetts were thrown out
The anonymous massage therapist who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey has died, according to a notice filed in court by the actor’s attorneys.
The individual, referred to as ‘John Doe,’ filed in September 2018 the allegation that he was forced to grab the actor’s genitals twice during a massage two years earlier at a private residence in Malibu.
Spacey also allegedly asked to perform a sex act on the massage therapist — causing him to bolt from the session, according to Page Six.
The anonymous massage therapist who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey has died. Spacey is seen above in Italy in August
In May, a federal judge in California allowed the case to move forward despite Spacey’s objection that the plaintiff’s identity was being shielded, the Hollywood Reporter said.
News of the massage therapist’s death comes just a month after the parties came to a plan for proceeding in the suit, with expectations of an trial lasting up to 11 days.
The two-time Oscar winner got off of another pending legal problem when criminal charges were dropped against in Nantucket, Mass.
Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery, and prosecutors withdrew charges after the accuser — an 18-year-old busboy — stopped cooperating.
Kevin Spacey has been accused by more than a dozen men of sexual misconduct . Above: Spacey attends a pretrial hearing on Monday, June 3, 2019, at district court in Nantucket. Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery, and prosecutors withdrew charges after the accuser — an 18-year-old busboy — stopped cooperating
However, the ‘John Doe’ case was potentially the most damning facing Spacey. As detailed in a joint report filed in August, plaintiff’s lawyers represented to the court two other alleged masseur victims of Spacey expressed ‘concern for their safety and/or do not want their names revealed publicly in the media,’ the Hollywood Reporter said.
Even though ‘John Doe’ has died, his estate could continue the lawsuit.
However, to sue, the heirs would likely have to identify the deceased accuser, the Hollywood Reporter said. A judge might be less inclined to protect the identity and privacy of the dead. Still, even if the case moves forward, not having the key witness could make litigating difficult.
Spacey has been accused by more than a dozen men of sexual misconduct.