Attorney’s for Kevin Spacey have filed a notice in U. S. District Court this week to dismiss the federal sexual assault lawsuit against the actor. In an article published Wednesday morning, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the individual, who had sued Spacey as a “John Doe,” a legal maneuver allowed by U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lew this past May over objections by Spacey’s defense team, had died.
According to the Reporter, the plaintiff had filed claims in Sept. 2018 in which he alleged being forced to grab Spacey’s genitals during a massage session in 2016 at a private residence in Malibu.
The death occurred less than a month after the parties came to a plan for proceeding in the suit that detailed prospective discovery and envisioned a 7-to-11 day trial, the Reporter wrote adding that no further detail was provided, and a request to the plaintiff’s attorney for more information by the paper was not answered by the time the Reporter published.
“The lawsuit could continue by the heirs of “John Doe,” though the issue of anonymity provides a complicating wrinkle. To show standing to sue, the heirs would likely have to identify the deceased accuser after getting a green light to administer his estate in probate court.” The Reporter notes adding, “A judge might also be less inclined to protect the privacy interests of the deceased. Even if the case moves forward, the loss of the most important witness to the alleged sexual assault would make it difficult to litigate.”