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