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In Kevin Spacey Trial Rapp Cites Me Too and Weinstein While Keller Mocks Low CD Sales

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 7 – Anthony Rapp's lawsuit against Kevin Spacey began trial on October 6 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.  Inner City Press attended then tweeted here.

 On the way in video I, II; afterward Space and Vlog. Here's the live tweeted thread by Inner City Press of the openings, here

On October 7, Day 2, with a stated victim of the Public Theater of Joe Papp, a Rapp friend who was told, and the beginning (direct) of Rapp himself. Thread here.

On October 11, Day 3, Rapp was on the stand all day, first on direct, then under cross examination, thread here:

OK - in Kevin Spacey trial, Anthony Rapp is still on the stand on direct examination.

Rapp's lawyer: I want to direct your attention back to Precious Sons, and how Ed Harris held you in that play. Was it similar to how Kevin Spacey picked you up, like a bride?

Rapp: With Ed Harris, it was loving, nothing sexual about it.

Rapp's lawyer: When if ever did Ed Harris grind his pelvis into you? Rapp: Never.

 Rapp's lawyer: When if ever did you feel Ed Harris was trying to get with you sexually?

Spacey's lawyer: Objection! Relevance.

 Judge: Sustained. Rapp's lawyer: Where did you go next? Rapp: Interlochen, the rigorous music camp. 

Rapp's lawyer: When did it come back to you? Rapp: I went to see "Working Girl" in my local cinema, and saw him on the screen and it was like someone poked me with a cattle prod.

 Rapp's lawyer: Have you watched others of his films? Rapp: Usual Suspects, LA Confidential, American Beauty...

Rapp's lawyer: Why did you go to them? Rapp: I am an actor. I felt it was part of my job to go see them. I steeled myself and tamped it down

 Rapp's lawyer: Have you seen Kevin Spacey in a play? Rapp: Yes, Lost in Yonkers. Rapp's lawyer: And television?

Rapp: Only on award shows. Rapp's lawyer: Did you attend Oscar parties? Rapp: Yes, at Elizabeth Law's on the Upper East Side.

 Rapp's lawyer: What about you throwing pencils at the screen, as was brought up earlier in the trial?

Rapp: Elizabeth use to throw a rubber chicken at the screen. I threw a pencil, my version. I had watch the Oscars since I was a kid.

 Rapp: I was at an event, in a large bathroom, and Kevin Spacey walked in. It was startling to be in his gaze. I wanted to get out. I went out.

Rapp's lawyer: Anthony, have you ever written a tell-all book?

Rapp: Not a tell-all. A memoir of love, focused only on the time I was in Rent, the workshop production, the off-Broadway, my mother - a three year period is the main thrust

 Rapp's lawyer: When did you mother give up her career for yours?

Rapp: She only put it on pause until she went back to Joliet... Once when I was 13, she slapped me. I said, I will slap you back. Then the next year in NY, she came in and slapped me. I slapped back

Rapp's lawyer: Did you fight with a boyfriend? Rapp: Yes, Josh Safron. We were in an alleyway by the theater, a Sunday in July. He said, Never talk to me again. I saw red and I launched myself at him and knocked him down.

 Rapp's lawyer: What did you do after that fight?

Spacey's lawyer: Objection to the characterization as a fight.

 Judge: Sustained. Rapp's lawyer: After the altercation -- Spacey's lawyer: Objection. Judge: Sustained.

 Rapp's lawyer: When you get the interviews about these events, what concerns did you have? Rapp: I had already told my producers and the PR people of Startrek DIscovery I was contemplating doing this. I was aware Kevin Spacey was in the middle of House of Cards

Rapp's lawyer: Did you want a career like Kevin Spacey's? Rapp: No, I was fine with what I had. I could be picky about projects... I read about Me Too & Harvey Weinstein, I identified with it

Rapp's lawyer: How has the case been? Rapp: I was in line to enter the building this morning and Kevin Spacey was there. It was hard to breathe.

  Rapp's lawyer: When if ever have you regretted bringing this lawsuit? Spacey's lawyer: Objection Judge: Sustained

 Rapp: I brought this lawsuit hoping I could help protect others. Judge Kaplan: Strike that last remark.  [Rapp drinks from bottle of water, closes his eyes]

 Rapp's lawyer: No further questions. Judge: We'll take a break.

 Jury entering! Judge Kaplan: Cross-examination. Ms. Keller. Spacey's lawyer Keller: This is the article where you went public, right? Rapp: Yes.

Keller: You decided in a quiet moment by the window, yes? Rapp: What do you mean? Keller: You said that.

Keller: Lupita Nyong'o is a legitimate star, right? Rapp: Yes.  

Keller: She had a meteoric rise, correct? Rapp: Yes. Keller: Let's look at your deposition. You said you were moved. True? Rapp: I was.

 Rapp's lawyer: Can she read the whole question? Judge Kaplan: I'll read it... No, move on. Keller: You got an award for accusing Mr. Spacey, yes? Rapp's lawyer: Objection, relevance. Keller: I can make an offer of proof. Judge Kaplan: Not necessary. Overruled.

 Keller: You wrote to Vary of Buzzfeed that you wanted to expose someone powerful but do it in the best way, right?

Rapp: Can I see that? Keller: Yes. And this was before the op-ed by  Ms. Nyong'o - five days before, Vary told you Buzzfeed wanted you to have impact

 Keller: So in the article, you claim Mr. Spacey picked you and Mr. Barrowman out and invited you to the Limelight clubs, right? Rapp's lawyer: Objection - misstates the evidence. Judge Kaplan: Overruled.

 Keller: You didn't tell Mr. Vary one word about Jack Lemmon that night, did you? Rapp: I don't know that for certain. Keller: Do you think night clubs in NYC are fully going at 8 pm?

Rapp: I had no way to know at the time. Keller: How old are you now? Rapp: 50. Keller: And you don't know when things start? Rapp: I haven't been to a club in a while.

Keller: You told Vary that it was fun at the Limelight, yes?

Rapp: I did. The conversation was good, but at the club, I couldn't hear.  Keller: So it was fun, or it was unpleasant - which one?

Keller: Mr. Spacey was flirting with Mr. Barrowman, right? Rapp: I don't recall. Keller: You claim only you were invited to the party at Mr. Spacey's apartment, yes? Rapp: That's my recollection.

Keller: You say your made your way safely home - was danger lurking? Rapp: I wouldn't say that. Keller: But you did, in your deposition on page 37, lines 18 to 24.

 Keller: Mr. Barrowman says Mr. Spacey had a dog, a brown lab - and you've never mentioned it, right? Rapp: I do not remember a brown dog.

 Judge Kaplan: Ms, Keller, how much more do you have? Keller: Quite a bit. Judge: Jurors may take a break. Thread will continue.

OK - they're back. Keller: Let's talk more about Mr. Barrowman. You went radio silence with him?

Rapp: We weren't close friends. Judge: Answer the question. You know what radio silence is. Rapp: It sounds intentional. Judge: I'm not going to quibble with you

 Keller: In your book, you say you were growing restless with your mother's presence, right? Rapp: Only during rehearsals.

Keller: Come on, wasn't it because your brother was molested by her boyfriend? Rapp: I wasn't aware of that then. Keller: You say that at Mr. Spacey's, when you went into be bedroom, David Letterman was on TV, right?

Rapp: Yes. Keller: And he had the Late Night Show? Rapp: I don't know what it was called.

 Keller: The first time you were really questioned about your Kevin Spacey story was in your deposition in this case, right? Rapp: No. Vary questioned me. Keller: Your good friend, who said he would leave things vague so Mr. Spenser could not rebut - that friend?

 Keller: So when Mr. Spacey's body was on you, he didn't touch your p*nis, did he?

Rapp: No. Keller: He didn't try to get you to touch his, did he? Rapp: He did not. Keller: How long was he on top? Rapp: It was a frozen moment for me. Keller: That's not my question

Keller: And when you tried to leave, you're saying Mr. Spacey was at the door, right? Rapp: Yes. Keller: But you don't know how he got there... I know you're on Star Trek Discovery, but you're not alleging he used a transporter, are you? Break taken.

 They're back. Keller: Buzzfeed  reported that you wanted to shout, This guy is a fraud, right? Rapp: Is that in the article? Keller: Yes. You thought he was portraying himself as straight, correct? Rapp: Yes.

Keller: You called yourself queer? Rapp: Yes.

Keller: Did you end a relationship with a boyfriend because he wouldn't come out as gay?

 Rapp: May I explain? It was because he would not be photographed with me at an event for the play "Rent" Keller: Because that would out him, right? Rapp: Yes.

 Keller: Kevin Spacey's star rose, and you were having trouble getting media attention, true? Rapp: When are you referring to?

Keller: 1996 and onward. Rapp: That is not accurate. Keller: Kevin Spacey was in L.A. Confidential, and you went to see him in it? Rapp: Yes

Keller: When you put out a CD and went to sell it on a college campus, you sold only 26 CDs, right?

Rapp: Did I say "only"? Judge Kaplan: Are you saying that selling 26 CDs after a concert is a success? Rapp: At that concert, yes.

Keller: You were in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." You couldn't claim that's in the same league at The Iceman Cometh, right? Rapp: They are different kinds of shows.

Judge Kaplan: We'll break here.

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