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Man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault has 10 days to identify himself so civil case can proceed, judge rules

The man, solely recognized in courtroom paperwork as “C.D.,” says he met the actor round 1981 when he was pupil in Spacey’s performing class in Westchester County, New York, in accordance to courtroom paperwork. When he turned 14, he started a sexual relationship with Spacey, in accordance to the paperwork.

Manhattan Federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan dominated the general public has a respectable curiosity in realizing the identification of the person, noting on this case “that interest is magnified because C.D. has made his allegations against a public figure.”

“C.D. argues that there is a competing public interest in keeping the identity of those who make sexual assault allegations anonymous so that they are not deterred from vindicating their rights,” Kaplan wrote.

In a latest letter to the courtroom, C.D.’s legal professional said that “C.D. has reluctantly decided” that “he is emotionally unable to proceed with the action and will discontinue his claims” if the courtroom denies his movement to proceed by pseudonym, the judge wrote in his ruling.

“Though C.D. is correct that the public generally has an interest in protecting those who make sexual assault allegations so that they are not deterred from vindicating their rights, it does not follow that the public has an interest in maintaining the anonymity of every person who alleges sexual assault or other misconduct of a highly personal nature,” Kaplan added.

Actor Anthony Rapp, who joined C.D. within the civil lawsuit in opposition to Spacey, alleges the actor made undesirable sexual advances on him when he was 14, in accordance to the lawsuit. The incident allegedly occurred on the actor’s residence in 1986.

CNN reached out to attorneys representing Spacey, C.D. and Rapp for remark. One legal professional for Spacey instructed CNN she was not licensed to remark Monday night time.

In 2017, Spacey apologized in a tweet for what he mentioned “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” after the actor Rapp made the allegations, however mentioned, “I honestly do not remember the encounter.”

The swimsuit seeks unspecified damages.

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