In a stunning development that could go a long way toward reviving the acting career of Kevin Spacey, the massage therapist who sued him for sexual assault has died, Page 6 reports.
Lawyers for Spacey filed a "notice of statement noting the plaintiff's death" in federal court on Tuesday. They said they learned on Sept. 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 masseur who filed the suit was listed as John Doe in the court records. He claimed that he was attacked by Spacey three years ago during a massage session in Malibu. Spacey reportedly twice tried to grab the masseur's hand and guide it to his own genitals, and engaged in other harassing behavior.
The final straw came when Spacey asked the masseur if Spacey could perform a sex act on him, prompting the masseur to end the massage and flee the session.
Former Republican Congressman Trey Radel reacted to the news of the accusers death by insinuating that Spacey may have been behind it, as if Spacey the actor was a criminal mastermind on the level of one of his characters, like Keyser Soze.
Frank Underwood returns https://t.co/1bn7RNTHM6— Trey Radel (@treyradel) September 18, 2019
Though the Congressman was likely joking, his tweet prompted a string of replies.
So the floodgate is open for rich people murdering their enemies now? That’s just a thing that’s happening now?— Budgorj (@budgorj1) September 18, 2019
Some raised the Vince Foster/Seth Rich conspiracy theory.
Isn’t Spacey a friend of the Clintons? Coincidence that they’ve had so many people associated with them die.— Barton Fairfax (@BartonFairfax) September 18, 2019
And one last twitter user noting the suspicious timing of the masseur's deat.
Well thats not suspicious at all......— LisaAnne (@LisaAnneGA) September 18, 2019
However, the masseur's death doesn't mean the lawsuit will be thrown out. It could be continued by the therapist’s estate in the wake of his death. More than a dozen men have accused Spacey of sexual misconduct, and he was charged in Massachusetts with sexual assault, though those charges were swiftly dropped. The #MeToo scandal has seriously damaged Spacey's acting career, costing him his Netflix show 'House of Cards' and parts in countless movies. Before the scandal, Spacey was incredibly prolific, often appearing in as many as four movies a year, or more.