A massage therapist who accused Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault has died.
The man, who was suing Spacey as "John Doe," alleged that he was forced to grab the actor's genitals twice during a massage given to him two years ago at a private residence in Malibu.
"It is true that Mr. Doe recently died," Doe's lawyer Genie Harrison told THR. "His untimely death was, to his family, a devastating shock that they are struggling to process and is so recent that they have not yet held his funeral service. Out of professional responsibility, we notified Spacey's counsel of Mr. Doe's passing. We explained our intent to allow his family more time to get past their immediate, paralyzing grief and begin settling his affairs before we filed a death notice with the court — which is our prerogative as his counsel. Spacey ignored our request for compassion and filed the notice yesterday without our consent."
Spacey tried to have the case dismissed earlier this year as the man refused to have his identity revealed, but the judge refused.
The death comes just weeks after criminal charges against him were dropped in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery, and prosecutors withdrew charges after the teenage busboy stopped cooperating.
No further information as to how "John Doe" died was released in court documents or to the media.