Richard Dreyfuss’ son has accused Kevin Spacey of groping him when he was still in high school, Buzzfeed News reports.
Harry Dreyfuss wrote in a first-hand account published that the encounter occurred in 2008 when he was 18 years old. At the time, Harry Dreyfuss was accompanying his father while he was participating in a play at a London theater directed by Spacey, who is now 58.
Thanks to anyone who's ever spoken out. I add my story in the hope predators learn there will always be consequences https://t.co/DezeSnr6Gj
— HarryDreyfuss (@harrydreyfuss) November 4, 2017
The incident allegedly occurred while the three of them were in Spacey’s apartment, when Harry and Spacey sat on the same couch. Richard was reportedly deep in rehearsal and didn’t notice when Spacey is said to have put his hand on Harry’s thigh. Harry wrote that had been assisting his dad in the rehearsal by playing the wife of his father’s character.
“I was unable to process what was happening: My dad and I were pretending to be lovers in a play while Kevin Spacey was trying to seduce me and all the while in real life I was a hapless, straight virgin who just wanted to become a famous actor.”
Harry said he got up and moved to the other side of the couch, but that Spacey followed him. Harry claimed he moved again to the other side of the couch and then put his hands on his thighs. Spacey came back and put his hand between Harry’s arm and leg.
“Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over toward my crotch. Looking into his eyes, I gave the most meager shake of my head that I could manage.”
Harry writes that he didn’t want to call attention to the situation because Spacey was essentially his dad’s boss at the time. And he said he also was worried about hurting his own career.
Spacey eventually removed his hand; Harry reports that he isn’t sure how long Spacey was touching his crotch.
Harry writes: “What I do remember is that, other than being a shy kid who obviously admired Kevin Spacey a lot, I never once gave him a signal that I would want to be with him in that way.”
Harry said he attempted “mental gymnastics” and sought to portray the contact as funny when talking about it to friends.
“If I could laugh at it, then surely I was not a victim,” Harry writes. “As a young storyteller from a family dedicated to seeing the funny side of the absurd, this was my way of defanging the whole thing.”
“What I see now is that when it comes to sexual abuse, there is no such thing as a ‘minor’ assault.”
Harry told his father about the incident several years later.
“He was furious, and I spent the rest of the evening ensuring him that it wasn’t a big deal, and that I would be mortified if he did anything about it,” Harry writes.
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) November 5, 2017
A lawyer for Spacey has said the actor “absolutely denies the allegations.”
Harry said he knows he’s taking a risk by publicly accusing Spacey but said it’s worth any potential price.
“A lot of people have warned me this could hurt my career because it will make me look like I’m “jumping on the bandwagon,” said Harry, adding, “But as long as the bandwagon is outing a sexual predator . . . then I’m good with that.”
Dreyfuss’ account comes after another actor, Anthony Rapp, claims Spacey made moves on him when he was just 14 years old while the two were the only ones in Spacey’s apartment after a party. Rapp said the actor picked him up “like a bride” and then went on top of him.
Spacey claims he doesn’t remember the encounter, but has said the accusation “horrified” him and he apologized “if I did behave then as he describes.”
Revelations also have come to light that Spacey had to undergo special training on the set of “House of Cards” in 2012 because of a remark and a gesture that he made. Several other claims of sexual improprieties have been lodged against Spacey in recent days.
A spokesman for Spacey said he is seeking “evaluation and treatment.”
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