The man, listed in court documents only as a “CD,” said he met the actor around 1981 when he was a student in Spacey’s acting class in Westchester County, New York, according to court documents. When he turned 14, he began having sex with Spacey, according to documents.
Manhattan Federal Judge Louis A. Kaplan ruled that the public has a legitimate interest in knowing the man’s identity, noting in the case, “that interest has increased because the CD has made its allegations against a public figure.”
“The CD argues that there are competing public interests in preserving the identities of those who make anonymous allegations of sexual violence so that they are not prevented from justifying their rights,”
In a recent letter to the court, CD’s lawyer said that “CD was reluctant to decide” that “he is emotionally incapable of continuing to act and will stop his demands” if the court refuses to continue his request under a pseudonym, the judge said in his ruling. .
“While the CD is true that the public usually has an interest in protecting those who make allegations of sexual violence so that they are not prevented from justifying their rights, it does not follow that the public has an interest in maintaining the anonymity of anyone who alleged sexual violence or other misconduct of an extremely personal nature, “Kaplan added.
Actor Anthony Rapp, who joined the CD in the civil case against Spacey, claims that the actor made an unwanted sexual advance when he was 14, according to the case. The incident is believed to have taken place at the actor’s home in 1986.
CNN asked attorneys representing Spacey, CD and Rapp for comment. A lawyer for Spacey told CNN she was not authorized to comment Monday night.
The claim seeks unspecified damages.