A man has claimed that, at age 14, he began a sexual relationship with Kevin Spacey that ended with an attempted rape.
In an interview with Vulture, an accuser who wished to remain anonymous said the relationship began in 1983, when Spacey was 24.
According to the accuser, the pair first met in 1981, when Spacey was a guest teacher at a Saturday acting class in Westchester County, NY. Two years later, they ran into each nother while waiting in line for Shakespeare in the Park, an outdoor theater event in New York City.
The accuser — a now-48-year-old artist and East Coast native — said he was with his family at the time. Spacey allegedly took a 15-minute walk with the teen, exchanged phone numbers with him, and said, "I want to see you, and I want you to come to my apartment."
"I felt like I’d won the lottery," the man recounted. "A little drunk with it and very delighted with the attention. I was like a cute, plump little kid who went through puberty really fast and came out the other side as somebody that grown-ups were looking at and saying was beautiful."
"I had to make this happen," he continued. "And I was terrified to do that with a boy of my own age. You could be beat up."
The accuser said he called Spacey the next day, and that Spacey declared his love for him and invited him to his apartment on the Upper West Side. "We started a sexual relationship that first visit, which mostly involved me fucking him," said the accuser. While there, he recalled seeing pictures of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, whom Spacey described to him as his girlfriend. The accuser said he didn't remember making a lot of conversation, just a "You know why you’re here, I know why we’re here," expectation.
"I was obsessed with him," he said of his feelings toward Spacey at the time.
The accuser said he met with Spacey three or four more times, during which there were "proclamations that we loved each other." Spacey allegedly offered to help connect the then-teen with producers for auditions, which he ultimately never did. "When you’re 14, a lot of things seem believable, especially if it’s something nice," he said.
After the accuser turned 15, he said he called Spacey from a pay phone to inform him he had some free time before he had to meet his parents and friends for dinner. Spacey allegedly invited him over to his new apartment on the Upper West Side. There, the accuser said that Spacey attempted to forcibly top him:
I guess he must have come up behind me and yanked down my baggy jeans, and he goes to fuck me and I’m like, “No, I don’t want to.” And he pushes hard, and grabs me, and starts shoving up against my asshole, and it hurts like a motherfucker. I again tell him no, and he tries again. I am strong enough, thank God, both somewhere in my brain and in my body, to get him off of me. I’m sturdy, thankfully. I throw him off of me and I run crying down the stairs and out into the street and then suck it all up and go have dinner.
The accuser said he didn't believe he was penetrated by Spacey. However, "I don’t know how I would see that as anything besides an attempted rape, which I was able to thwart."
That was the last time that the accuser said he encountered Spacey in person. As he grew older, he told Vulture, he came to see Spacey as a sexual predator: "I would call him that to his face. I would call him a pedophile and a sexual predator."
The accuser said that Anthony Rapp, the Star Trek: Discovery actor who said Spacey attempted to "seduce" him at age 14, helped inspire him to come forward. He said Spacey's response — a "coming out" letter that enraged many members of the gay community, who saw it as a "distraction" tactic — also called him to action:
He is a pedophile. When you look at his statement, you realize also he’s profoundly narcissistic. He thinks this is about being caught that he’s gay. And then he is spinning it, right? “Oh, people like gays now. So I’ll throw them that. I’ll say I’m gay and I will betray my whole community and do something else that conflates pedophilia with male homosexuality.” That’s great. Thank you for that. And that was probably the thing that made me want to talk more than anything else. How repulsive that was.
A lawyer responded to Vulture on behalf of Spacey, "Mr. Spacey absolutely denies the allegations." In its reporting, Vulture confirmed that the accuser had told others about the relationship as early as the 1990s, and a therapist in 2015. But he had his reasons for preserving his anonymity.
"I have worked really hard to have a nice life and feel safe, and I’m not giving that up for him," he said. "I don’t want them to be able to find their way back to me."
Since Rapp, other accusers have come forward. One, Mexican actor Roverto Cavazos, clamed Spacey "routinely preyed" on young male actors while he was the artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London, a post he held from 2004 to 2015. "There are a lot of us who have a 'Kevin Spacey story,'" Cavazos said.
In a statement, the Old Vic officials said they were "deeply dismayed" by the allegations and had set up an email address to field other claims of harassment.
In response to the allegations, a publicist for the House of Cards actor released a statement saying Spacey is getting help. "Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment. No other information is available at this time," the spokesperson said.