AceShowbiz - Kevin Spacey's sexual battery accuser is begging lawmakers to keep his name off the record.
The actor's lawyer has asked a judge to order the alleged victim to turn over his cell phone records and reveal his identity, ahead of the latest hearing in the case, but the unidentified man claims he could be financially damaged and face safety risks if people know who he is.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the man suing Spacey as John Doe is requesting permission to continue with his case against Spacey without naming himself "to protect him from harassment, financial, physical, and emotional injury, ridicule, and personal embarrassment".
Doe explains he financially supports himself and his dependent son through his work as a private masseuse and fears his name being revealed would result in a loss of clientele and impair his ability to make a living.
His latest legal papers read: "Additionally, the risk to Plaintiff's physical safety caused by the vulnerability of his job and the corresponding stranger danger is an additional reasonable fear."
"Here, Plaintiff is seeking justice for harm resulting from sexualized violence against him, not fame through this case. He has no interest in becoming publicly known for this traumatic event and deserves to be protected from the victim shaming and humiliation attached to public commentary about reports of sexual battery and assault by a high-profile celebrity."
The plaintiff sued Spacey for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment, claiming he was assaulted by the actor while giving him a massage at his private residence in Malibu, California in 2016. The man claims Spacey grabbed his hand and forced him to fondle the star's genitals and made an offer for oral sex.
Spacey recently filed documents demanding the case be dismissed unless his accuser revealed his identity.
"The Usual Suspects" star argued that pseudonyms are rarely allowed in court, except when the plaintiff can establish a need for anonymity.