Watch CBSN Live

Man sues Kevin Spacey over alleged groping incident at Nantucket bar

A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a Nantucket bar has filed a civil suit against the actor, CBS Boston reported. Spacey is also fighting a criminal charge stemming from the alleged assault.

It could come down to deadlines, the station explained. The statute of limitations to file a civil suit runs out next month, three years after Spacey's then-18-year-old accuser said the Oscar-winner got him drunk and groped him at Club Car, where he was employed as a busboy. The civil suit seeks unspecified monetary damages for emotional distress.

"As a result of defendant Kevin Spacey Fowler's explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct with the Plaintiff, the Plaintiff suffers, has suffered and will continue to suffer in the future severe mental distress and emotional injuries," the suit said.

Legal analyst and attorney Josh Tracey told CBS Boston the alleged victim's lawyer Mitchell Garabedian may also be trying to compel Spacey to answer questions about what happened that night to help the criminal case.

"There are discovery reasons, seeking information from Kevin Spacey, that Mr. Garabedian hopes to share with the prosecution in the criminal case," Tracey said.

Spacey pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, and his attorneys have claimed the accuser, the son of former Boston television anchor Heather Unruh, is trying to get money from a high-profile figure.

The bar for a civil suit is much lower than a criminal case, where questions have already been raised about a missing cellphone the defense is seeking from the accuser, trying to recover text messages related to the incident.

Club Car restaurant
Exterior view of the Club Car restaurant where actor Kevin Spacey is alleged to have committed sexual assault in 2016. Getty

The civil suit also demands a jury trial, which Tracey said in the era of the #MeToo movement, could be effective. "You have a public figure in Kevin Spacey with a movement afoot to redress injuries suffered by people abused by very public people," Tracey said.

The next date in the criminal case is July 8, when the judge has set a deadline for the missing cellphone to be produced.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.