Kevin Spacey won’t face criminal charges in a sexual assault case involving a massage therapist who died unexpectedly last month.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said it would be declining the case filed against the Oscar winner. Prosecutors cited the death of the accuser during the course of their investigation.
The man was an anonymous masseur who claimed the actor forced him to touch his genitals during treatment at Spacey’s Malibu home in October 2016.
“The sexual assault allegations cannot be proved without the participation of the victim. Thus, the case was declined,” said charging documents provided to The Times by a D.A. spokesman.
However, the former “House of Cards” star could still be held liable in a civil case initially brought by the John Doe last year — though it is still unclear how and if that case will proceed in the wake of the accuser’s death. If it does, any damages that might have been awarded in the case would flow through to heirs of the deceased.
The lawsuits are some of the handful of legal cases the actor has faced after he fell from grace during the rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
By: Damilola Faustino