A man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by actor Kevin Spacey has died as his lawsuit against Spacey makes its way through the courts.
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that the death of the massage therapist, who maintained his anonymity by suing as “John Doe,” was divulged in a notice filed in court by Spacey’s attorneys.
The accuser “filed claims in September 2018 with the allegation of being forced to grab the actor’s genitals twice during a massage two years earlier at a private residence in Malibu,” THR reports. “In May, a federal judge in California allowed the case to move forward despite Spacey’s objection that the plaintiff’s identity was being shielded.
“Now, just a month after the parties came to a plan for proceeding in the suit that detailed prospective discovery and envisioned a seven- to 11-day trial, the plaintiff’s attorney has informed Spacey that the client ‘recently passed.'”
Additional details were not provided.
THR adds: “Spacey recently got out of another legal situation when criminal charges against him were dropped in Nantucket, Mass. In that case, Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery, and prosecutors withdrew charges after the accuser — a teenage busboy — stopped cooperating.”
The report notes that after the Nantucket case was dropped, the “John Doe” lawsuit represented the most significant of Spacey’s legal issues.