US mom says Kevin Spacey as­saulted son

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NEW YORK — A Mas­sachusetts mother on Wed­nes­day ac­cused Kevin Spacey of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her 18-year-old son on the hol­i­day is­land of Nan­tucket last year and said po­lice had opened a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Former tele­vi­sion news an­chor Heather Un­ruh told a news con­fer­ence in Bos­ton that the dou­ble Os­car win­ner as­saulted the teen after ply­ing him with al­co­hol late at night in a Nan­tucket bar in July 2016.

Po­lice told AFP that they could not con­firm or deny any such re­port was filed. “Re­ports of sex­ual as­saults are con­fi­den­tial un­der Mas­sachusetts Gen­eral Law,” a spokesper­son for the po­lice de­part­ment said.

Un­ruh de­scribed her son at the time as a “star-struck, straight” 18-year-old.

“Kevin Spacey bought him drink after drink after drink, and when my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sex­u­ally as­saulted him,” she told a news con­fer­ence in Bos­ton.

“Spacey stuck his hand in­side my son’s pants and grabbed his gen­i­tals,” Un­ruh said. Her in­tox­i­cated son, whom she did not name, pan­icked and froze.

When the House of Cards star left briefly to use the bath­room, he al­legedly fled to his grand­mother’s house, where he al­legedly told his sis­ter what had hap­pened.

“Last week my son filed a po­lice re­port and handed over ev­i­dence, and now a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion has be­gun,” Un­ruh told re­porters.

The scores of women who have ac­cused Hol­ly­wood mogul Har­vey We­in­stein of sex­ual as­sault, and ac­tor An­thony Rapp lev­el­ling the first pub­lic ac­cu­sa­tions against Spacey had mo­ti­vated them to speak pub­licly now, Un­ruh said.

“I want to see Kevin Spacey go to jail,” she said. “Not just for my son but for the many oth­ers,” she added.

Un­ruh said her son did not re­port the in­ci­dent at the time “largely be­cause of em­bar­rass­ment and fear.”

The fam­ily lawyer also told re­porters Wed­nes­day that his client had spo­ken to Nan­tucket po­lice, who were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Un­ruh pre­vi­ously al­leged via Twit­ter on Oct. 13 that Spacey had “as­saulted a loved one,” but had not pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied that per­son as her son.

Net­flix late week dropped Spacey, its star ac­tor on hit se­ries House of Cards whose ca­reer is in free-fall over spi­ral­ing as­sault ac­cu­sa­tions. Ac­cord­ing to British me­dia, Lon­don po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing him for an al­leged as­sault in 2008. —

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