Accusers line up
Kevin Spacey’s house of shame
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.
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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