Kevin Spacey Accuser Dies Ahead of Sexual Assault Trial | THR News
An anonymous massage therapist who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault has sadly died. The individual, who went as “John Doe,” filed a lawsuit in September of 2018 claiming Spacey forced the person to grab his genitals twice during a massage two years earlier at a private residence in Malibu. In May, a federal judge in California allowed the case to move forward despite Spacey’s objection that the plaintiff’s identity was not revealed. But now, according to a notice filed in court by the actor’s attorneys, the individual has sadly passed. However, no further details have been provided as to the circumstances surrounding the death, and a request to the plaintiff’s attorney for more information has not been answered. Although this is the actors most significant legal situation this is not Spacey’s first accusation. The actor has been accused of sexually improper conduct against multiple individuals. In August, the plaintiff’s lawyers represented to the court two other alleged massage therapist victims of Spacey and expressed concern for their safety and as such did not want their names revealed publicly in the media. Doe’s lawyer Genie Harrison confirmed the news of the death to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ on Wednesday and sent a lengthy statement saying, “His untimely death was, to his family, a devastating shock that they are struggling to process and is so recent that they have not yet held his funeral service…” The lawyer continued saying Harrison goes on to say that the filing starts a 90-day clock on her ability to substitute Doe’s estate as a plaintiff, and calls the decision to file the notice “unnecessary and contemptible.” There is also the added risk that even if the case does move forward, the loss of the most important witness to the alleged sexual assault would make it difficult to litigate. For more on this story, head to THR.com For The Hollywood Reporter News I’m Neha Joy.