(FiveNation.com)- John Barrowman, former judge of Dancing on Ice and popular cast member of Doctor Who and spinoff sci-fi show Torchwood, will reportedly be the star witness for disgraced actor Kevin Spacey in a lawsuit that accuses him of sexual assault.
62-year-old Space completely denies allegations that he sexually assaulted Anthony Rapp in 1986, and is calling for the lawsuit against him to be dismissed.
Barrowman, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, will be the first person to testify in his favor. Barrowman was dropped from his Dancing On Ice gig after it was alleged that he had exposed himself to colleagues while on the set of Torchwood and Doctor Who, though the actor says that the instances were just cases of friends joking around while on set.
The 54-year-old actor said his behavior on set was “only ever intended in good humor.”
The allegations against Spacey first came about in 2017, and at the time he apologized for his behavior and acknowledged that his actions were “exuberant.” Now, though, he claims that the allegations are completely untrue.
Rapp claims that Spacey grabbed his backside and lifted him onto a bed when at a house party in New York when he was aged just 14, and Spacey was 26. Rapp claimed under oath that Spacey lay on top of him, but did not engage in any groping, undressing, or kissing. He claimed that Spacey’s hands were behind his back and holding his shoulders. Spacey said that he did not have any recollection of the behavior and offered an apology for his behavior.
Rapp is now suing Spacey for damages for being “touched in a sexual manner.”
Whether you think Spacey is guilty or not, isn’t it interesting that Rapp first said that it wasn’t sexual, but now claims that it…was?
Spacey’s legal team has asked the judge to throw out the case in a legal paper filed last Friday, arguing that there was no sexual assault and no sexual motivation, which would mean the suit cannot be brought forward under the New York Child Victims Act. The legislation extends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases.
Barrowman will appear at the jury trial later this year, and the trial is expected to run for two weeks.