Kevin Spacey Accuser Found Dead Amid Sexual Assault Lawsuit
In May, Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery
The man who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has died, according to a notice filed in court by the actor's attorneys.
The individual, suing as a "John Doe," made the allegation of being forced to grab Spacey's genitals twice during a massage at a private residence in Malibu two years earlier.
A federal judge in California allowed the case to continue even though the actor objected that the plaintiff's identity was being shielded.
But just a month after the parties began planning to proceed with the suit that detailed prospective discovery and envisioned a seven- to 11-day trial; the plaintiff's attorney informed Spacey that the client "recently passed."
To date, there have been no further details, and the plaintiff's attorney is yet to respond to a request for more information.
In May, Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery and charges were withdrawn after the accuser ceased cooperating.
The lawsuit had become significant for the actor, who had been accused of sexually improper conduct against multiple individuals.
But the plaintiff's lawyers represented to the court, in this case, two other alleged masseur victims of Spacey expressing "concern for their safety and/or do not want their names revealed publicly in the media."
The massage therapist who in a lawsuit claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey has died. No further details. pic.twitter.com/lRVikknHaJ— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) September 18, 2019
In July, A pre-trial hearing took an unforeseen turn when another accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege to remain silent on the witness stand.
Heather Unruh accused Spacey, a former TV anchorwoman, for assaulting her son William Little in 2016.
She claimed the actor plied her then-18-year-old son with alcohol before molesting him at a Nantucket resort bar.
Criminal charges were formally filed in December 2018.
In January, Spacey pleaded not guilty, and also publicly denied groping the teen.
Little filed a civil suit against Spacey last month where he claimed the alleged incident left him with "severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries."
A week later, he dropped the lawsuit.