iStock(NEW YORK) — The young man who has accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him three years ago has withdrawn a civil lawsuit against the actor.The lawsuit, filed last week, stemmed from allegations that Spacey, whose birth name is Kevin Fowler, sexually assaulted the young man in a Nantucket bar in the summer of 2016.The accuser’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedien, cited the criminal case against Spacey in declining to comment on the civil suit.The defense and the accuser, whom ABC News has not named because he says he was sexually assaulted, have been fighting over evidence, including the cell phone the accuser used the night of the alleged assault.Defense attorneys questioned why the accuser erased certain text messages from the phone before turning it over to police. The defense hired a forensic expert to restore the texts, which Spacey believes are exculpatory.Before dismissing the civil lawsuit, the accuser said Spacey caused him extreme emotional distress such that he was unable to fully recall the details of the summertime encounter with the “House of Cards” star.Last week, legal experts told ABC News that it’s not unprecedented to file a civil lawsuit in the middle of an ongoing criminal case.“It muddies the waters of the criminal case,” said prominent Florida defense attorney Mark O’Mara, who successfully defended George Zimmerman against charges including second-degree murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012.“If [the alleged victim] has a civil case pending, then that’s going to come up on cross-examination when he testifies at trial,” O’Mara said.“The reason you’d love my [client] to get convicted is because you’re suing him for a ka-billion dollars, isn’t that right? Isn’t that why we’re really here?” the Florida lawyer noted, channeling a defense attorney’s cross-examination of such a witness.Other defense attorneys who have represented high-profile clients and spoke with ABC News about the Spacey case said the civil lawsuit could be seen as another blow to the prosecution’s case.“It generally is not good for the prosecution because it shows a financial motive, and financial bias is something defense lawyers are going to use in their cross-examination,” said Tom Mesereau, a high-profile Los Angeles attorney who has represented celebrities including Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby and Robert Blake in criminal cases. “They will try to show the witness is biased because they have a stake in the outcome of the criminal case.”Spacey has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge, the first the actor has faced despite years of accusations.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A new report looks into Chicago’s dispatching practices. (Photo/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Paramedic Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice, a longtime criticof the city’s ambulance service, called the email a coverup. CHICAGO — Chicago’s fire commissioner is reportedly tellingdispatchers not to admit there are no ambulances available when the city isswamped with medical emergencies. “The process of indicating that CFD is out of available ambulances or asking for any available ambulances over the radio will no longer be allowed,” Fire Commissioner Richard Ford wrote in an email obtained by CBS 2 Chicago. A Chicago Fire Department spokesperson denied there is a coverup with ambulance shortages. The spokesman told the station the email was sentafter a review determined there were ambulances available. Several people have reportedly died recently as a result of the city not having enough ambulances on the streets. Mayor Lori Lightfoot previously said more units would be coming online soon.
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Automotive Suppliers Jointly Introduce Sustainable Concept Car At NAIAS Peterson Manufacturing To Mark 70th Year In Business See Also: Consulting Group Says Self-Driving Vehicle Features Could Represent $42 Billion Market By 2025 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Luanne Brown, president and founder of eTool Developers, has been selected to receive the Spirit of Leadership Award from the Women’s Automotive Association International (WAAI) organization.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementEach year, the Spirit of Leadership Award is presented to a select group of professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of significant professional accomplishments, and service to community and family. Award recipients have shown superior professional performance, community involvement and support of women within the automotive industry. Brown is one of six exceptional women selected to receive the Spirit of Leadership Award.Brown’s company, eTool Developers, is best-known for providing content management, product data management and online learning platforms customized for the automotive industry. The company’s clientele includes PWA, LEER, Go Rhino/Big Country, Motor State Distributing, Husky Liners, the Truck Accessories Group (TAG) and others.“As an entrepreneur and a passionate supporter of other women in the industry, this award means so much,” said Brown. “I’m humbled and express my sincere thanks for this special recognition. My hope is that this award might serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to other women in our industry.”Award recipients will be honored during a special ceremony on Jan. 24 at the a.Muse Gallery in San Francisco, Calif. Tim Roth Becomes APRA Chairman Of The Board
Related TopicsBaker MayfieldBrownsfeatured Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede With Mother’s Day this weekend (don’t forget it’s Sunday!) ESPN has had some high profile athletes write letters to their mom’s to say what they feel about them. What the athletes don’t realize is that the players’ mom is sitting one room away.Try not to get emotional when you watch Baker Mayfield of the Browns write a letter to his mom telling her how much she means to him in this latest episode from ESPN.We asked @bakermayfield to write a letter to his mom.What he *didn’t* know was that she was listening in the next room … pic.twitter.com/20zxDiXnPw— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 8, 2019
Swansea hammered another nail into Aston Villa’s Premier League coffin on Saturday with the softest of goals earning the Welsh side a victory that may well secure their safety for another season.Villa keeper Brad Guzan came off his line in the 53rd minute only to flap hopelessly at a free kick curled in by Gylfi Sigurdsson and tip the ball on to a grateful Federico Fernandez’s shoulder and into the net.The woeful defending in a game of poor quality seemed to sum up the visitors’ hapless season as they suffered a sixth successive league defeat, leaving them marooned at the bottom of the table, eight points behind second from bottom Newcastle United.Manager Francesco Guidolin was left celebrating in his first game back on the touchline since he was taken to hospital with a chest infection as the Swans, enjoying two successive home victories for the first time since August, moved 11 points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place.