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FILE PHOTO: Actor Kevin Spacey leaves the Central Criminal Court after attending a hearing over charges related to allegations of sex offences, in London, Britain, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Maja Smiejkowska/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Actor Kevin Spacey leaves the Central Criminal Court after attending a hearing over charges related to allegations of sex offences, in London, Britain, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Maja Smiejkowska/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Actor Kevin Spacey leaves the Central Criminal Court after attending a hearing over charges related to allegations of sex offences, in London, Britain, July 14, 2022. REUTERS/Maja Smiejkowska/File Photo

Kevin Spacey heads to court today to defend himself in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Rapp, the actor who in 2017 made the first in a string of sexual misconduct allegations that left the “House of Cards” star's theatre and filmmaking career in tatters.

The trial, expected to last less than two weeks, will focus on an alleged encounter between the two men in New York City in 1986, when Rapp was a blossoming child actor and Spacey, then 26, was having a breakout moment on Broadway.


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