Kevin Spacey's Teen Accuser Drops Sex Abuse Case Against Actor
Lawsuit withdrawn just days before statue of limitations is set to expire
The young man, who accused Kevin Spacey of sexually molesting him when he was a teenager, has withdrawn his case against the disgraced actor, according to reports.
A court filing obtained by the Daily Mail shows that the male accuser has withdrawn his complaint that Spacey molested him in a Nantucket bar when the man was just 18-years-old.
The civil case has now been dismissed with prejudice, meaning the unnamed man cannot refile his suit.
The withdrawal of the case comes just days before the three-year statute of limitations would have run out on filing a legal complaint against Spacey.
The man claims Spacey reached down his pants and groped him at a bar back in 2016 when was 18, but admits to telling the 59-year-old actor he was 23.
Spacey denies the allegations and is still facing criminal charges.
According to the Daily Mail, that case could potentially be in jeopardy as well after the young man and his family misplaced the cell phone he had been using that night to text with his girlfriend and a group of friends about the alleged incident.
Spacey's accuser had been seeking a jury trial and damages for emotional distress in his lawsuit.
He also asked that the Oscar winner be responsible for his medical and other bills.
Spacey's team had been seeking all correspondence regarding the case that was sent by the civil attorney hired by the victim's family.
That section of the 70-plus pages of court filings states that Mitchell Garabedian was hired to pursue a lawsuit for the family, and accuses the teen of using the criminal case to try and confirm his 'lies.'
Alan Jackson, the Los Angeles lawyer that is representing Spacey stated that the boy and his family 'have a significant financial motive to fabricate the instant allegations.'
Garabedian is being asked to hand over all correspondence between himself and the other lawyers at his firm with the district attorney's office.
Jackson also asked the judge that a copy of the contract with the victim's family and the date, time and length of all appointments between the family and the law firm be turned over as well.
There are also concerns about an investigation Garabedian did into the claims, with the defense expressing concern that they have not seen these reports.
Garabedian had stated that he turned his findings into law enforcement, and now the defense wants to make certain that detectives independently investigated all his findings.
Garabedian was a key attorney for victims of the Catholic Church who sued the diocese.
That case was later made into the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, in which Garabedian was played by Stanley Tucci.
Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to sexually assaulting 18-year-old in a Massachusetts bar pic.twitter.com/fwARgCcs8l— The Independent (@Independent) January 7, 2019
This all comes just a few weeks after text messages from a filing in the criminal case were revealed, shedding light on the teenager's allegations.
The young man, who claims he was molested by Spacey at The Club Car in Nantucket back in the summer of 2016, texted his girlfriend throughout the evening but never left the bar.
"Like he’s hangin around me in the bar. He got my number and asked me to come out with him," writes the young accuser.
"Are you kidding," responds his girlfriend.
"Sounds like he’s hitting on you...."
The young man never left the bar, however, and would later make light of the incident in a text to his girlfriend.
"He’s grabbed my [expletive] like 8 times," writes the accuser.
"He’s pissed I’m texting I."
"I told him I had a gf."
The defense believes some of the texts have been filtered however, with the responses seeming disjointed at times.
The accuser also states in his last text from that series of messages: "No I’m serious."
"He pulled my zipper down.
"And he invited me to his house.
"I’ll talk to you later."
The conversation then stopped for some time, and later on, the accuser sent 15 messages to his girlfriend, and one to a group of six friends.
His exchange with his then-girlfriend ended with the texts: "I got the autographs and a hell of a stout.
The texts also raise a number of questions too, with Spacey's defense lawyer suggesting that the conversations seem to have been edited and some of the texts deleted.
These texts do contradict the victim's girlfriend's denial to police when asked if her boyfriend ever said Spacey stuck his hand down the boy's pants.
One message reads: "Jesus Christ he reached down my pants."
Police spoke to the girlfriend soon after the alleged victim's mother went public.
"Molly felt [redacted] would be excited to meet Spacey and that he would be 'starstruck,'" reads the report.
"Molly received texts from [redacted] after [redacted] met Spacey and Molly could tell [redacted] was excited because Spacey was buying him drinks and Spacey had given [redacted] his phone number."
Then, Molly said she received a text from the alleged victim stating that Spacey was hitting on him, so she told him to walk away.
She then received the Snapchat photos, which she told police showed "Spacey touching the front of [redacted's] pants by his crotch."
The two next spoke when the victim was running home after fleeing the scene.
"Molly could tell [redacted] was drunk and she felt [redacted] was emotionally worked up."
She said the two discussed the matter for an hour, and the report states: "Molly felt [redacted] was caught off guard that a man would hit on him."
Molly told police however that she never heard about Spacey sticking his hands down her then-boyfriend's pants that night either.
She said the first she head of that was when his mother held a press conference.
She also said lots of people knew that the alleged victim had been hit on by Spacey, and people would often joke about it because no one had heard he was sexually assaulted.
The Club Car owner, Joe Pantorno, "did not see Spacey assault anyone and no one talked to him about it happening."
The bartender that evening, David Powell, "did not see Spacey assault or sexually assault anyone that night."
It is also noted that he first heard about the alleged victim's story after his mother's press conference.
Claus Bokelman, a waiter at the restaurant, said that "the whole thing was blown out of proportion."
Spacey and his legal team have made a number of damning statements about the teenager he is accused of groping and the boy's family in recent motions.
The defense team for the disgraced actor submitted five motions to the court in March requesting that the young man be required to hand over the entire contents of his cloud along with all relevant passwords.