Kevin Spacey faces claim he tried to rape boy aged 15
A man has come forward to allege that, at the age of 14, he began a sexual relationship with Kevin Spacey that ended in what he claimed was attempted rape.
The man described first meeting the actor as a 12-year-old in 1981 when Spacey, then 22, was a guest teacher at a weekend acting class he took in Westchester County. He said there was "no grooming or attention" at that time.
They met again by chance in line at Shakespeare In The Park in 1983, when the man was 14. He claimed Spacey gave him his phone number, and the two began a sexual relationship.
"He was kind of in high seduction mode and gave me his phone number and asked me to call him," the man said in an interview conducted by Vulture website. "He said: 'I want to see you, and I want you to come to my apartment'. He said he'd always been really drawn to me at the acting classes, but had stayed away because I was 12."
He alleged he and Spacey met up "three or four more times", adding that Spacey would also claim he could get him auditions, though it didn't result in anything professional.
"That was very glamorous to me, that he was having the beginnings of some success in that world. Enough that it seemed like he was going to get me these auditions. That all seemed very believable," the man said.
The website reported that the relationship continued until, when the man was 15, a visit to his apartment ended with Spacey allegedly trying to rape him.
"And I thought we were going to kiss and tell each other we loved each other and I was going to go. But he wanted to have sex, and this time he wanted to f*** me, which had never happened to me before," he said. He claimed Spacey yanked down his jeans and forcibly attempted to have sex. I always have said: 'He tried to rape me'. I told him I didn't want that, he went again to do it, I told him no, he went again and pushed harder and grabbed me and pushed harder," the man told Vulture. "I don't know how I would see that as anything besides an attempted rape, which I was able to thwart."
The man said it wasn't until he was 25 that he began to understand his alleged experiences differently. "Up until then, I just thought about him as somebody who had really done me wrong and tried to rape me, but not as somebody who had functioned as a predator," he said. "I would call him a paedophile and a sexual predator." Now a 48-year-old artist, the man wished to remain anonymous. A lawyer for Spacey responded: "Mr Spacey absolutely denies the allegations."
Buzzfeed News broke the first accusation against Spacey from actor Anthony Rapp. Since then multiple men have come forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault, including on the set of Spacey's Netflix show House Of Cards, where filming has been suspended.
Representatives for Spacey have said he "is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment".