'Netflix ruined House of Cards for nothing': Kevin Spacey fans rejoice over his win in sex abuse case

'Netflix ruined House of Cards for nothing': Kevin Spacey fans rejoice over his win in sex abuse case
Kevin Spacey was found 'not guilty' after plaintiff Anthony Rapp failed to prove his allegations of sexual abuse (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Kevin Spacey, 63, has been cleared of the sexual assault allegations levied against him by Anthony Rapp, 50. The victory comes after a Manhattan federal court jury found him "not guilty" after plaintiff Rapp failed to prove his allegations of sexual abuse.

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In the $40 million civil lawsuit, the 'Star Trek' actor Rapp accused the Oscar-winning actor of sexually assaulting him at a party in 1986 and sued him in 2020. The aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal emerged amid the fallout of the #MeToo movement and rapidly derailed the well-known film star's career. In the wake of the controversy, Spacey was allegedly removed from Netflix's hit show 'House of Cards' and movies.

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Kevin spacey (L) Anthony Rapp (R)
Kevin spacey (L) was found not liable for battery in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by actor Anthony Rapp (R) (Jason Merritt/ Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) 

Spacey, now 63, was starring as one of the lead characters on Netlfix's much-hyped series 'House of Cards' when he was accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men and even preying on young men. The 'House of Cards' makers filed a lawsuit against Spacey for breaching their contract over claims of sexual abuse and asked him to pay $31M to the makers for losing them millions of dollars after they fired him. Netflix also decided to not move forward with 'Gore', a Gore Vidal biopic starring Spacey as the writer, even though that film was already in post-production when the misconduct allegations began.

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Furthermore, the second major production to remove the 'American Beauty' star was dropped from the film 'All the Money in the World.' The movie directed by Ridley Scott had already finished shooting and was set for a December 22 release. The movie production and cast all agreed to reshoot the film and replaced the actor with Christopher Plummer.

Nevertheless, after a two-week trial in Manhattan's federal court and just over an hour of deliberation, the jury came to the verdict that the Oscar-winning actor is not liable for battery in the sexual assault lawsuit. 

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Meanwhile, fans on social media have demanded all those wrongfully sacked Spacey compensate for his lost wages or at least his prestige and fame. A social media user tweeted, "Justice has been served!! Let the great @KevinSpacey act again @20th century" while another said, @netflix kinda embarrassing how you threat your employees. @KevinSpacey is now a free man, but the amplification you did on the calumny remains. When will you apologise and continue the work with him?" Another user expressing his disappointment over Spacey being fired from the show wrote, "Kevin Spacey was innocent this whole time. #Netflix ruined House of Cards for nothing. Darn it." "@KevinSpacey I am so happy you win your case in court! You need a vacation a break! You also need to get back to work I pray you get back on Netflix! Netflix should give you your job back with back pay!" read another tweet. 

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