A sexual assault lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey has been dropped with the accuser reportedly “voluntary dismissing” the case.
The Hollywood star had been accused of plying a man with alcohol at a bar in Nantucket in 2016 before carrying out the alleged assault against the 18-year-old.
A lawsuit was filed against the Oscar winner on June 26 in Nantucket Superior Court but now according to multiple reports has been dropped. According to Nine News the accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, confirmed via email that it had been voluntarily dismissed with no further explanation provided.
The news outlet also reports the case was dismissed “with prejudice”, meaning it can’t be filed again. However, while it has been dropped Spacey still reportedly could face a criminal charge.
Speaking about the decision, criminal defence lawyer William Korman said according to Nine News that it’s possible the case was settled privately and that the accuser could stop cooperating with prosecutors.
“Any settlement could not be conditioned on a refusal to cooperate with the prosecution,” Nine News reports he said.
“Nevertheless, money is a great motivator for an individual not to follow through.”
The news comes after the actor’s lawyers entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf back in January, according to the ABC. At the time it was reported the alleged incident was said to have taken place at a restaurant in July 2016.
According to a BBC report back then, the alleged victim is the son of former American TV presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the incident, accusing Spacey of buying alcohol for her then 18-year-old son and then groping him.
Speaking at a press conference in 2017, Unruh said: “The victim, my son, was a starstruck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim.”
“I want to see Kevin Spacey go to jail,” she added. “I want to see Kevin Spacey have the hand of justice come down on him, not just for my son, but for the many others who have yet to speak their truth.”