The massage therapist who sued Kevin Spacey for sexual assault has died, according to court records and his lawyer.
Lawyers for Spacey filed a “notice of statement noting plaintiff’s death” in the federal case on Tuesday. They said they were informed on September 11 that the masseur had “recently passed.”
“No further information or details have been given to Mr Fowler’s counsel, but Plaintiff’s counsel stated they intended to notify the Court with additional information at an appropriate time in the future,” the filing said, referring to Spacey by his real name, Kevin Fowler.
The massage therapist, who filed his suit as an anonymous John Doe, had claimed he was attacked by the “American Beauty” actor three years ago during a massage session in Malibu.
Spacey, 60, allegedly twice grabbed the masseur’s hand and guided it to his private parts, the suit said. The Oscar winner was also accused of grabbing the alleged victim’s shoulders in an attempt to kiss him and trying to fondle his genitals.
Spacey also allegedly asked to perform a sex act on the massage therapist — causing him to bolt from the session.
In a statement Wednesday, the therapist’s lawyer confirmed his “untimely death” but slammed Spacey’s counsel for filing the notice so quickly.
“While there is no court deadline for filing a party’s death notice, filing triggers a 90-day countdown. That means that unless the estate is substituted in the party’s place, the court may dismiss the case,” said attorney Genie Harrison.
“Mr. Doe’s family must now open his estate at the same time as planning a funeral and processing their grief.”
Harrison did not reveal much more about John Doe or the circumstances of his death, saying only that he was a “dignified, kind, middle-aged man” who “brought light and love every time he visited our office.”
The lawsuit could be continued by the therapist’s estate in the wake of his death, which was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Spacey has been accused by more than a dozen men of sexual misconduct. In July, sexual assault charges in Massachusetts involving an 18-year-old man were dropped.