A lawsuit claiming that Kevin Spacey assaulted a masseur was dropped after the accuser died. According to the Hollywood actor’s legal representative, he did not pay to settle the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, Spacey was accused of committing sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment. The unidentified accuser going by John Doe was a massage therapist who claimed that the incident happened back in 2017. Spacey vehemently denied the accusations.
A trial was scheduled in a United States federal court for June 2020. However, the case was dismissed following the alleged victim’s death. He reportedly died after battling cancer on September 6. According to multiple sources, the accuser’s estate filed a notice for dismissal.
Multiple reports surfaced that the settlement was reached out of court. But according to Spacey’s attorney the reports are untrue.
“Contrary to some news reports, Mr. Spacey paid no money to ‘settle’ the lawsuit,” Jennifer L. Keller said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times. “The plaintiff’s estate simply decided to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be [refiled] and we agreed to the dismissal.”
Last month, one of Spacey’s accusers made headlines for committing suicide. Ari Behn, a Norwegian author who once married into Norway’s royal family, took his own life. Behn alleged that Spacey groped him under a table after asking him to go out with him for a cigarette. He was married to Princess Märtha Louise of Norway. The royal family paid tribute to the late author following his death.