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A man accusing Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, 61, of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed anonymously in court, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the man proceed only as 'C.D.' in a lawsuit filed in September in New York state court and later moved to federal court.

The man, who is now 52-years-old and lives on the east coast, had met Spacey in the actor's suburban New York acting class in 1983 before the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuit which seeks over $40 million in damages.

A judge has ruled that a man who says he was sexually abused by Kevin Spacey when he was 14 years old cannot proceed unless he reveals his identity

A judge has ruled that a man who says he was sexually abused by Kevin Spacey when he was 14 years old cannot proceed unless he reveals his identity

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Kaplan said C.D.'s privacy interest does not outweigh the presumption of open judicial proceedings and the prejudice to Spacey's defense that would occur if he could proceed anonymously. 

Individuals with information that might support Spacey also would not know to come forward, the judge added.

C.D. since the 1990s had spoken to an unknown number of people about his claims against Spacey and had apparently cooperated for a New York magazine article that appeared on an online website, Vulture, in November 2017, Kaplan said.

He said 'the evidence suggests that C.D. knowingly and repeatedly took the risk that any of these individuals at one point or another would reveal his true identity in a manner that would bring that identity to wide public attention.'

C.D. claims that Spacey, pictured center in 1989,  invited him to his apartment when he was 14 in 1983. American actors William Fichtner, seen left, and Matt Dillon, at right

C.D. claims that Spacey, pictured center in 1989,  invited him to his apartment when he was 14 in 1983. American actors William Fichtner, seen left, and Matt Dillon, at right

Kaplan noted that C.D. also recruited for the lawsuit his co-plaintiff, Anthony Rapp, who has appeared in Rent on Broadway and in Star Trek: Discovery on television. The lawsuit said the older actor made a sexual advance to a teenage Rapp at a 1980s party.

When Rapp first spoke publicly of his claim in 2017, others went public too and Spacey's then-celebrated career abruptly halted. At the time, Spacey issued a statement saying he didn't remember the encounter but apologized.

The judge said claims by C.D.'s lawyers that using their client's name would trigger post traumatic stress disorder and the anxiety, nightmares and depression that come with it is a consequence that likely cannot be prevented as the case proceeds and C.D. is ultimately forced to testify in public.

The man claims Spacey attempted to rape him during their last encounter which saw C.D. run away from his apartment when he was just 14-years-old

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The man claims Spacey attempted to rape him during their last encounter which saw C.D. run away from his apartment when he was just 14-years-old

He gave lawyers 10 days to reveal C.D.'s name if he continued to make the claims.

In an early March letter to the judge, attorney Peter Saghir said C.D. feels 'extreme

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