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Anthony Rapp: 5 things to know about the ‘hired’ star who testified against Kevin Spacey

Anthony Rapp: 5 things to know about the ‘hired’ star who testified against Kevin Spacey

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Anthony Rapp’s challenge against Kevin Spacey seems to have ended. Anthony, 50, sued Kevin, 63, for allegedly groping Rent the actor was lying on his butt when he was a teenager, theo CNN. Anthony stood up to share his experience with The usual suspects star at the age of 14, in a trial that began on October 6. Anthony filed a lawsuit in 2020, citing assault, crime and willful mental distress. However, on October 20, according to washington articles, a New York jury found Kevin not liable in the case after more than an hour. “Anthony told her truth in court,” Anthony’s attorney Richard Steigman reportedly wrote in an email to the newspaper. “While we respect the jury’s verdict, nothing can change that.” Jennifer Kelleran attorney for Kevin, said in a statement to Post that “justice was done today.”

Anthony attends the premiere of ‘Tick Tick Boom.’ (Greg Allen / Invision / AP / Shutterstock)

Learn everything you need to know about Anthony here.

1. Anthony has been on Broadway since he was a kid

Anthony has appeared on stage since the age of 9. The actor made his debut in 1981 The Little Prince and The Aviator, closed after only 20 previews, each IBDB. He continued to act in various theatrical productions, including off-Broadway shows and national tours. Other Broadway roles during his teenage years included Precious son and Six different levels in the ’80s, but his big break came in 1996, when he played filmmaker Mark Cohen in the landmark ’90s musical. Rent.

Anthony’s character serves as the narrator for the show, which won four Tony Awards in its initial run. Rent won Best Musical at the 1996 ceremony. Anthony starred in the original off-Broadway performance, and reprized the role for the national tour and staging of the London West End. He returned with most of the original cast as Mark for the 2005 film adaptation.

2. He also acted in drama and drama

Anthony in the 2005 movie ‘Rent’ (Phil Bray / Sony / Kobal / Shutterstock)

Besides the movie adaptation of Rent, Mark has had a successful on-screen acting career. He made his film debut in the movie 1987 Adventures in babysitting. He also starred in classic movies like the 1993 high school movie Shocked and confused or 2001 drama A beautiful mind. In addition to his film roles, Anthony also had a great success as Lieutenant Cmdr. Paul Stamets in Star Trek: Explore series from 2017 to 2022.

3. He first shared the allegations against Kevin Spacey back in 2017

Anthony first opened about his accusations against Kevin five years before the trial in a 2017 interview with Buzzfeed. Anthony alleges that when he was 14 years old, Kevin invited him to a party at his apartment and, at the end of the night, put him in bed, climbed on top of him and attempted to perform sexual acts. with the actor. Kevin was only 26 years old at the time. “To this day, I still cannot understand too many aspects of it. It just freaked me out,” Anthony told Buzzfeed at the time. “The older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14 year old boy. “

Anthony says he shared the story with partners and friends throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, but 2017 was when he first went public with the allegations. Following the story, Kevin issued a public apology to Anthony, but said he did not remember the alleged encounter. “I was horrified to hear his story,” he said tweeted. “If I had behaved at the time as he described it, I owe him my sincerest apologies for the inappropriate drunken behavior and I apologize for the feelings he described brought with him throughout. the years.

4. He is engaged to his partner

Anthony was in a love relationship with Ken Ithiphol for years, and he announced that the two were engaged in 2019. “So something happened tonight. I asked Ken if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so happy and I am so moved to share this news,” he wrote in one tweet, shared a photo of him and his fiancé at the time. While it seems the two are not officially married yet, Anthony has been frequently public about Ken on his social media, sharing Photograph and talk about how much he loves him.

Anthony attends a ‘Rent’ gig in London in 2016. (Dan Wooller/Shutterstock)

5. He is a huge fan of baseball

While Anthony is primarily an actor, he’s not afraid to share his love of America’s favorite pastime. He hosts a podcast with Muneesh Jain, Is called Club house, where two hosts sat down with baseball fans to talk about the game. Born in Chicago, it’s no surprise that Anthony says he’s a “hard Cubs fan,” in the show’s description.

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