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An unnamed man, who filed a lawsuit last year accusing actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct, has died.
Lawyers for the man, who filed the suit last September anonymously as “John Doe,” filed court documents alerting Spacey and his legal team that the plaintiff in the case has “recently passed,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Details regarding the date or manner of the man’s death were not released, and his attorney has not responded to the outlet’s request for comment.
However, the filing states that the man’s legal representation “[intends] to notify the Court with additional information at an appropriate time in the future,” Page Six reports.
John Doe, who worked as a massage therapist, alleged in his suit that Spacey sexually assaulted him after he traveled to the actor’s home in Malibu, California, for a private massage session, according to a Deadline report. The encounter got off to an uncomfortable start, with Spacey allegedly closing and locking the door of the room they were in, according to the suit. He then is alleged to have told the masseuse that he was experiencing issues with his “groin area,” laid face-up on the table, rather than face-down, and later brought the man’s hand to his genitals.
This happened multiple times, the man claimed, despite his spurning Spacey’s overtures — even telling him, at one point, “This is ridiculous. I am a professional. This is what I do for a living. I have a son.”
Spacey is alleged to have gotten even more physical with the masseuse, trying at one point to kiss him, and later asking the man to let him perform oral sex on him. John Doe declined, he wrote in the suit, and, despite Spacey, at one point, blocking the exit with his body, he was eventually able to leave the residence. He later reported what happened to police.
The accuser was seeking unspecified damages from the 60-year-old actor, as well as coverage of his attorney’s fees, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Spacey, who has denied the allegations, previously tried, and failed, to get the case dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A trial lasting between seven and 11 days was expected, according to another report from the outlet.
The former “House of Cards” actor has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple parties in recent years. He was previously accused of groping an 18-year-old busboy at a bar in 2016, but that case was dropped after the accuser refused to take the stand, according to the Associated Press. In that case, Spacey also denied wrongdoing and entered a not guilty plea.
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