Anthony Rapp, the “Star Trek: Discovery” actor who has accused Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of climbing on top of him at a party in 1986, conceded under oath on the witness stand Tuesday that one of his publicly stated reasons for coming forward with his allegation was not true.
Rapp’s lawyers said in their opening statement last week that Rapp was inspired to share his allegations with a BuzzFeed News reporter after reading an article in which Oscar-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o detailed a sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein, who has denied all allegations of misconduct.
But a screenshot of a text message produced by Spacey’s lawyers apparently showed that Rapp first contacted BuzzFeed News reporter Adam B. Vary eight days earlier, writing in part: “I am wanting to speak out about someone else very powerful in the industry.”
Nyong’o wrote about her allegations against Weinstein in an essay published in The New York Times on Oct. 19, 2017, according to a timestamp on the publication’s website. The newspaper published its first investigation of Weinstein‘s pattern of sexual misconduct on Oct. 5, 2017.
Rapp’s text message to Vary was sent on Oct. 11, 2017, according to a screenshot shown to jurors on the third day of Spacey’s trial. Rapp did not dispute the accuracy of the text message.
Vary’s article was posted on Oct. 29, 2017.
In cross-examination, Rapp conceded to Jennifer Keller, one of Spacey’s attorneys, that his account of being moved to come forward by the Nyong’o article was “not true.”
Rapp’s lawyers claim that Spacey, drunk and “unsteady on his feet,” rested his body on top of Rapp to “gratify his own sexual desires” at a party in Manhattan in 1986, when Rapp was just 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey denies the allegation.