Kevin Spacey’s accuser, Anthony Rapp, has “traits” of narcissistic personality disorder, an expert witness called by the Oscar-winning actor told jurors on Tuesday during his sexual battery trial.
Psychiatrist Alexander Bardey made the revelation while responding to questioning from Spacey’s attorney, Chase Scolnick, during the civil trial in federal court in Manhattan.
As an expert hired by the defense, Bardey said he read Rapp’s autobiographical book – and identified traits or characteristics of the disorder in stories the actor detailed in the memoir.
In one story, Rapp described helping save his mother from a gang of criminals who “preyed on drivers” when he was 1 year old.
In Rapp’s account, his mother watched him as the criminals approached, and then they “didn’t chase their car,” Bardey said.
People with features of the disorder may embellish their role in a story or ‘may actually take credit for things beyond their control’ – similar to the anecdote shared by Rapp in his book, the doctor told jurors .
Bardey said he also disagreed with a psychologist hired by Rapp’s team who testified earlier in the case that the actor suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his alleged meeting with Spacey.
Last week, Dr Lisa Rocchio told jurors she diagnosed Rapp with “delayed onset” PTSD because Spacey allegedly picked him up and laid him on top of him on a bed when he was 14.
Rapp alleges meeting Spacey in 1986 was a sexual advance by the actor, who was 26 at the time, and described it as the most traumatic experience of his life.
Bardey’s testimony came after a lengthy cross-examination by Spacey who fielded questions from one of Rapp’s lawyers for several hours on Tuesday.
Spacey has repeatedly denied the allegation at the heart of the lawsuit and said he was pressured into apologizing to Rapp in a statement in 2017 by PR professionals he hired at the time. .
On Monday, Spacey broke down on the stand while outlining his decision to come out of the closet in the same statement he responded to Rapp’s allegation.
Rapp’s attorney pressed him that Tuesday, asking if it was a tactic to “hijack the conversation.”
“No, sir,” Spacey replied.
Spacey’s attorneys are expected to close their case by Wednesday.