NYC civil sex abuse trial against actor Kevin Spacey is underway as lawyers shine spotlight on his sexuality
Kevin Spacey leaves federal court in Manhattan following the first day of actor Anthony Rapp's civil trial against him on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. - Molly Crane-Newman/New York Daily News/TNS

NEW YORK — A New York City jury was asked Thursday not to underestimate decades-old sexual assault allegations against actor Kevin Spacey because he and his accuser are gay. The request came from a lawyer for Anthony Rapp, as his $40 million civil case against Spacey got underway in Manhattan Federal Court. Rapp claims the Oscar winner pinned him down on a bed at Spacey’s Upper East Side apartment in 1986, when Rapp was a teen performing on Broadway. That Rapp, now 50, and Spacey, 63, have mostly dated men should have no bearing on the facts at the heart of the case, argued Rapp’s attorney, Pe...