Ac­cusers line up

Kevin Spacey’s house of shame

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As Kevin Spacey’s domi­noes tum­bled last week, he was nowhere to be seen. The House of Cards megas­tar, who was sen­sa­tion­ally ac­cused last week of a litany of shock­ing sex­ual acts – from mo­lesta­tion of a 14-year-old boy to ex­pos­ing him­self to a bar­man – is­sued a writ­ten apol­ogy for his be­hav­iour. But the two-time Os­car winner was, for once, shun­ning the spot­light.

A source close to the dis­graced screen leg­end, 58, tells Woman’s Day ex­clu­sively that the Amer­i­can

Beauty star “is in a very dark place” and in des­per­ate need of help.

“Kevin’s hit rock bot­tom,” tells the source. “His team is in the process of get­ting him into a high­se­cu­rity re­hab fa­cil­ity in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where he’ll re­ceive treat­ment for at least three months.”

It was in the wake of Hol­ly­wood direc­tor Har­vey We­in­stein’s shock­ing demise just a few weeks ear­lier – in which around 60 women ac­cused the pro­ducer of ev­ery­thing from rape to pub­lic mas­tur­ba­tion – that Spacey’s first whis­tle-blower found the in­spi­ra­tion to speak out.

StarTrek: Dis­cov­ery ac­tor An­thony Rapp, 46, re­vealed that more than 30 years ago, when he was a 14-year-old fledg­ling the­atre ac­tor, he had to fight off ad­vances from Spacey, then a 26-year-old Broad­way ac­tor.

The teen was at a boozy bash at Spacey’s Man­hat­tan apart­ment and was watch­ing TV in a spare bed­room when the ac­tor en­tered the room and picked him up “like a groom picks up a bride” be­fore plac­ing him on the bed and press­ing him­self on top of him. He man­aged to get away, but said last week the ex­pe­ri­ence led to “lin­ger­ing feel­ings of anger” against the cel­e­brated star.

Within the space of 48 hours, sev­eral more men came for­ward, in­clud­ing bar­man Daniel Beal, 26, who claimed that in 2010, aged 19, he was ha­rassed by Spacey dur­ing his cig­a­rette break while work­ing at a ho­tel in Eng­land.

“He had got his d*** out. He said ‘It’s big, isn’t it?’” says the bar­man, who also claimed that the ac­tor tried to pull his hand to­wards his ex­posed gen­i­tals. He man­aged to shake him­self free and walked off.

Film­maker Tony Mon­tana claimed he was groped by a sex­u­ally ag­gres­sive Spacey at an LA bar in 2003.

“He put his hand on my crotch force­fully and grabbed my whole pack­age … I put my hand down and turned his thumb back to get his hand off it.”

And ac­tor Robert Cava­zos, 35, claimed the Hol­ly­wood star be­haved like a preda­tor dur­ing his ten­ure as artis­tic direc­tor of The Old Vic the­atre in Lon­don. “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.”

A com­mon story among his male col­leagues was that Spacey would ask them to meet, to “talk about their ca­reer” and when they got to the the­atre, he had a “beau­ti­fully lit pic­nic” ready on stage with cham­pagne. “That’s what hap­pened to me. I never let any­thing hap­pen, but I know of a few who were too scared to stop him.”

An­other man, who wished to re­main anony­mous, told how when he was a teenager, Spacey, then 26, asked him to spend the week­end with him in New York. Spacey asked him to share his bed, but the teenager re­fused and slept on the sofa in­stead.

“As we went to sleep, he was sob­bing from his bed.” He said he woke up with the ac­tor’s arms around him, although he didn’t think any­thing sex­ual took place.

Sorry ex­cuse

Fol­low­ing An­thony Rapp’s rev­e­la­tion, Spacey is­sued a state­ment say­ing he was “be­yond hor­ri­fied to hear his story”. He said he did not re­mem­ber the en­counter, but if he did be­have that way, he owed the younger man a sin­cere apol­ogy.

“I have loved and had ro­man­tic en­coun­ters with men through­out my life and I choose now to live as a gay man.”

The ac­tor im­me­di­ately came un­der fire from the LGBTQ com­mu­nity for com­ing out as gay to “de­flect” from the al­le­ga­tions against him – and in the process con­fus­ing ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity with pae­dophilia and sex­ual as­sault.

The re­sponse from Hol­ly­wood was also swift. Net­flix halted pro­duc­tion of the sixth and fi­nal sea­son of its enor­mously suc­cess­ful House of Cards to “re­view” the sit­u­a­tion.

The revelations, how­ever, ap­peared to come as no sur­prise to Spacey’s es­tranged older brother Ran­dall Fowler, 62, a Rod Stewart im­per­son­ator, who once claimed that they were raised by a sex­u­ally abu­sive Nazi fa­ther.

In 2004, Ran­dall claimed he was reg­u­larly whipped and raped by his fa­ther, who died in 1992, and he avoided hav­ing chil­dren of his own for fear they would “in­herit the sex­ual preda­tor gene”.

He de­scribed his brother as an “empty ves­sel” who had never had a real re­la­tion­ship. “Nei­ther of us had a chance grow­ing up with two such dam­aged par­ents.”

Mean­while, those clos­est to Spacey say the ac­tor’s men­tal state has been “crum­bling” over re­cent months.

“His be­hav­iour has be­come in­creas­ingly bizarre,” says the source. “His pro­duc­ers and fel­low cast mem­bers were so con­cerned ear­lier this year, they staged an in­ter­ven­tion, but it didn’t work.

“He’s been bat­tling with so many demons, in­clud­ing the se­cret of his sex­u­al­ity, which he’s never prop­erly dealt with. Now it’s all been dragged into this grimy sit­u­a­tion and he’s at an all-time low. The sooner he can get treat­ment, the bet­ter.”

It’s a shock­ing fall from grace for the Os­car winner, whose world has im­ploded since the al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct came to light.

In the wake of the shock­ing scan­dal, pro­duc­tion has been sus­pended on Spacey’s Net­flix se­ries House­ofCards, co-star­ring Robin Wright and Michael Kelly (be­low).

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