Kevin Spacey

The dec­o­rated ac­tor seeks treat­ment in the face of mul­ti­ple dis­turb­ing ac­cu­sa­tions

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AS A WAY OF COP­ING WITH HIS trauma, as­pir­ing ac­tor Harry Drey­fuss would tell the story at par­ties for laughs: the time when his idol, Os­car-win­ning ac­tor Kevin Spacey, se­cretly groped him at the age of 18 in the com­pany of his fa­ther, ac­tor Richard Drey­fuss, in 2008. The joke fell apart when peo­ple came back with sim­i­lar sto­ries in­volv­ing the star. Wrote Harry in Buz­zfeed News: “They would re­spond by say­ing, ‘I know a guy that that hap­pened to as well.’ ”

Those vic­tims are now find­ing their voice. Since Star Trek ac­tor An­thony Rapp claimed on Oct. 30 that Spacey made in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual ad­vances to­wards him when he was 14, mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions have been squared against the 58-year-old House of Cards star.

Among his ac­cusers are an anony­mous man who told New York mag­a­zine Spacey be­gan a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with him when he was 14. The pair met, says the now 48-year-old, when he was a 12-year-old stu­dent in a New York act­ing class, and Spacey came in as a guest teacher. They met again two years later when Spacey gave the teen his phone num­ber and they be­gan a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship. “He is a pae­dophile,” said the man. Spacey “ab­so­lutely de­nies the al­le­ga­tions,” his lawyer told the mag­a­zine.

Ac­tor Roberto Cava­zos, who per­formed in sev­eral productions at Lon­don’s The Old Vic the­atre, where Spacey was artis­tic di­rec­tor for 11 years, also ac­cuses Spacey of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. “There are many of us who have a ‘Kevin Spacey story,’ ” Cava­zos, 35, wrote in a Face­book post. “It seems like you only needed to be a man un­der 30 for him to feel free to touch us. It was so com­mon that it turned into a (very bad) joke amongst us.”

And ac­cord­ing to staff on Net­flix’s House of Cards, the star’s be­hav­iour made the set a “toxic” en­vi­ron­ment. Eight em­ploy­ees told CNN his be­hav­iour was “preda­tory” and one for­mer pro­duc­tion as­sis­tant ac­cuses Spacey of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing him while the as­sis­tant was trans­port­ing Spacey to set. “I was in a state of shock,” the man said. Net­flix has shut down pro­duc­tion on the se­ries, after an­nounc­ing that its up­com­ing sixth sea­son will also be its fi­nal.

Spacey, who after Rapp’s al­le­ga­tions came out as gay, is seek­ing help, said his rep­re­sen­ta­tive in a state­ment: “Kevin Spacey is tak­ing the time nec­es­sary to seek eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment.”

Spacey (on May 24) “had all of me in his hand,” wrote Harry Drey­fuss in his claim of sex­ual as­sault.

Spacey and Robin Wright as Frank and Claire Un­der­wood in the hit Net­flix se­ries House of Cards. An as­sis­tant on the show claims Spacey made “in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tact” with him on set.

‘TOO SCARED’ Ac­tor Roberto Cava­zos says that while Spacey worked at Lon­don’s Old Vic the­atre the star met with male ac­tors to “talk about their ca­reer,” he said. “I never let any­thing hap­pen, but know of a few who were too scared to stop him.” Spacey (right) on­stage in In­herit the Wind at Lon­don’s The Old Vic the­atre in 2009. Harry Drey­fuss (with fa­ther Richard in 2000) says Spacey groped him while re­hears­ing with his fa­ther for a play in Spacey’s Lon­don apart­ment in 2008.

Rapp (on Oct. 7) said Spacey tried to “se­duce” him when he was 14. “I was aware he was try­ing to get with me sex­u­ally,” he said.

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