Harry Dreyfuss—an actor and author, and the son of Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss—has added his title to the ever-growing listing of younger males accusing Kevin Spacey of groping or sexually assaulting them of their youths. Dreyfuss wrote concerning the incident, which passed off when he was 18 and visiting his father whereas he ready to star reverse Spacey in a play, for Buzzfeed today, giving a first-person account of the alleged assault.
Dreyfuss describes the slow-burn of Spacey’s curiosity, from moments of unwarranted emotional intimacy, to escalating bodily contact, to the alleged groping incident, which passed off in Spacey’s condominium whereas the 18-year-old’s father was within the room, intently specializing in his script.
After a couple of minutes, he put his hand on my thigh. Lastly (lastly, lastly) I grew to become suspicious. It took that lengthy as a result of it simply by no means occurred to me that Kevin can be focused on me within the first place. He was an grownup man, a hero of mine, my dad’s boss, none of which have been classes on my radar for sexual interactions. In addition to, I assumed, Certainly he can’t be approaching to me like this proper in entrance of my dad.
In Dreyfuss’ account, he moved across the room, making an attempt to keep away from Spacey with out inflicting a scene. Spacey adopted, changing his hand on Dreyfuss’ thigh, regardless of clear indicators that the contact was undesirable. Then:
Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over towards my crotch. My thoughts went clean. All of the sudden, he had accomplished his journey and now he had all of me in his hand. I finished studying the script and my eyes went extensive. I lifted up my head and confronted him. Wanting into his eyes, I gave probably the most meager shake of my head that I may handle. I used to be making an attempt to warn him with out alerting my dad, who nonetheless had his eyes glued to the web page. I assumed I used to be defending everybody. I used to be defending my dad’s profession. I used to be defending Kevin, who my dad absolutely would have tried to punch. I used to be defending myself, as a result of I assumed someday I’d need to work with this man. Kevin had no response and stored his hand there. My eyes went again to the script and I stored studying.
In line with Dreyfuss, he’s informed the story many occasions over time, at all times phrasing it as a humorous anecdote. “For the final 9 years,” he writes, “Every time I’d inform this story to individuals who refused to snigger—who insisted that I had gone via one thing profoundly fallacious—I’d at all times attempt to downplay it so they may simply see the humorous facet. I particularly wished to discourage them from considering that what occurred to me was one thing I ever wanted to talk publicly about.” Dreyfuss stated that angle modified after the #MeToo marketing campaign that started within the wake of the present Harvey Weinstein scandal, and particularly since actor Anthony Rapp came forward along with his personal story of Spacey’s inappropriate sexual habits towards him earlier this week.
“In minimizing my very own expertise all these years, I unwittingly performed a task in minimizing it for everybody,” Dreyfuss concludes. “That ends now. This was by no means a comic story. Quite than a punchline, I hope my story can function inspiration to others who could have felt that they couldn’t or shouldn’t communicate up till now.”