NEWS DESK: Actor Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man last year, by the alleged victim’s mother, reported The Independent.
Former television anchor Heather Unruh alleged at a press conference in Boston that Mr Spacey had purchased her teenaged son “drink after drink” and then grabbed the young man’s genitals.
“To Kevin Spacey, I want to say this: Shame on you for what you did to my son”, Ms Unruh said, according to the Associated Press, adding that “Nothing could have prepared my son for how that sexual assault would make him feel as a man”.
Ms Unruh said her son had filed a police report, spurring an investigation. A spokesman for the Nantucket, Massachusetts police department said he could not confirm or deny whether that was the case, noting that state law makes reports of sexual assault confidential.
The Independent was unable to reach a spokesman for Mr Spacey, whose former public relations representative recently severed ties. Last week, a representative said the actor – an Academy Award winner and star of the Netflix show House of Cards – was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment” and that “no other information will be available at this time”.
Multiple men have accused Mr Spacey of sexual harassment or assault. Actor Anthony Rapp, the first to come forward, claimed that Mr Spacey had made unwanted advances on him when Mr Rapp was 14. Mr Spacey responded that he did not remember the incident but owed Mr Rapp “the sincerest apology”.
Mr Spacey and surrogates have not specifically addressed any other allegations since Mr Spacey responded to Mr Rapp’s accusation.
In the wake of the allegations, Netflix has axed further production of House of Cards and Sony’s TriStar have pulled a film in which Mr Spacey stars from an upcoming film festival, citing “the current allegations surrounding one of its actors”. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has also announced it will no longer give the actor a special Emmy award, while Mr Spaceys agent and publicist have dropped him as a client.
Story first published: 9th November 2017