On September 9, 2020, Rapp and an anonymous man, referred to in court as “C.D.,” filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan against Spacey for sexual assault. No criminal charges were filed in association with the case.
Rapp had previously given testimony in his 2017 interview with Buzzfeed News that Spacey had allegedly made sexual advances towards him when Rapp was 14 years old. C.D. added his own testimony that in the 1980s, when he was still a teenager, Spacey had invited him to his apartment on multiple occasions and “engaged in sexual acts” with him, with their final encounter ending with sexual assault after C.D. had resisted Spacey and said “no.”
The plaintiffs’ attorney Peter Saghir confirmed that the lawsuit was being brought under the Child Victims Act, which allows victims of childhood sex abuse to press charges as late as age 55.
On June 17, 2021, C.D.’s claim was dismissed, after C.D. refused to openly use his name in court proceedings. Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that “the threat of significant media attention—however exacerbated by the modern era—alone does not entitle a plaintiff to the exceptional remedy of anonymity … Accordingly, C.D.’s privacy interest—despite the publicity this case may generate—does not outweigh the prejudice to Spacey and the presumption of open judicial proceedings.”
As of September 2021, Rapp’s legal case is still ongoing.