The man who is anonymously suing Kevin Spacey for sexual battery will have to reveal his identity but not to the general public, just to him.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge ruled that John Doe “will reveal his true and complete name” to Spacey’s counsel.
“The Parties will continue to confer in good faith to try to reach agreement on a more comprehensive stipulated protective order that addresses each Party’s needs and interest,” the order states.
The order does note that “unless otherwise ordered by the Court, Plaintiff’s name cannot be disclosed in a public filing with the Court while Plaintiff’s name has been designated as ‘Confidential.’ A filing Party will redact Plaintiff’s name or use the pseudonym John Doe on any materials filed with the Court.”
As The Blast first reported, Doe sued Kevin Spacey for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.
The man claims in October 2016, he was assaulted by the actor while giving a massage at his private residence in Malibu. The man claims Spacey grabbed his hand and forced him to fondle the star’s genitals and made an offer for oral sex.
Doe said he eventually grabbed his massage table and left after refusing the actor’s alleged advances.
He sued seeking unspecified damages.
Spacey filed documents in February demanding that Doe be made to reveal his name and not be able to hide behind the anonymity of “John Doe.”
Spacey argued that pseudonyms are rarely allowed in court, except when the plaintiff can establish a need for anonymity. The former “House of Cards” star does not feel this situation fits the bill.
In May, the judge in the case ruled that the man can continue as John Doe, saying, “Plaintiff’s vulnerability to humiliation, harassment, and threats, is further exacerbated by the nature of Defendant’s status as a high-profile celebrity and the media attention that comes with it. The Court finds that anonymity is necessary to protect Plaintiff’s privacy and to protect against any further trauma.”