Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, has come ahead with new allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Kevin Spacey. He claims that Spacey groped him in 2008, at age 18, whereas his father, unaware, was within the room with them.
“I … see how essential it’s so as to add my voice to the people who find themselves demanding a greater world. A world wherein powerful men are no longer allowed to feel safe to do this, or far worse,” the youthful Dreyfuss wrote in a visitor publish for Buzzfeed.
“I do not know the way lengthy we sat there like that. It might have been as little as 20 seconds, or it might have been 5 minutes. It’s the toughest a part of the story for me to recall. What I do bear in mind is that, apart from being a shy child who clearly admired Kevin Spacey loads, I by no means as soon as gave him a sign that I’d need to be with him in that manner.”
The 2 Dreyfuss’ have been at Spacey’s London flat for a personal rehearsal session when the alleged incident occurred. In Harry’s telling, Spacey’s refined hints reworked into overt — and inappropriate — touching over the course of a night. The worst of it got here when the older actor cornered Harry on a sofa and positioned his hand on the youthful man’s thigh.
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 vast. I lifted up my head and confronted him. Trying into his eyes, I gave probably the most meager shake of my head that I might 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 at some point 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.
Within the years after the his encounter with Spacey, Harry admits to having handled it as a joke. He did not inform his father till a number of years later, however he did share the story amongst buddies, giving it a light-hearted spin.
“For the final 9 years, every time I’d inform this story to individuals who refused to snigger — who insisted that I had gone by means of one thing profoundly unsuitable — I’d all the time attempt to downplay it so they may simply see the humorous aspect,” Harry wrote. “I particularly wished to discourage them from pondering that what occurred to me was one thing I ever wanted to talk publicly about.”
He solely got here to comprehend lately, with the latest spate of sexual assault victims stepping ahead and naming names all all through Hollywood and past, second he’d all the time framed in his head as a “comparatively minor” offense was, in actual fact, one thing a lot worse.
“There is no such thing as a such factor as a “minor” assault,” Harry wrote. “And if telling this story will assist others communicate up, then it’s price it.”
Spacey has been coping with a mounting pile of sexual misconduct allegations for the previous week. It began with a story shared by Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp, who claims Spacey made a “sexual advance” when the youthful actor was simply 14.
In response, Spacey issued a public assertion wherein he claimed to not bear in mind the incident. He additionally used the identical assertion to come back out as homosexual, a call that has prompted considerable backlash.
As many have identified, Spacey not solely appeared to make use of the revelation of his sexuality to protect himself from Rapp’s story, he additionally inflicted hurt upon the homosexual group he is ostensibly able to overtly be a part of due to the best way his assertion hyperlinks homosexuality and pedophilia.
Within the days that adopted, Spacey retreated to hunt “analysis and remedy,” whereas new allegations continued to floor — together with some from the set of House of Cards, the hit Netflix collection starring Spacey. Manufacturing was temporarily halted after which, days later, Spacey was suspended from the present as Netflix has moved to sever all ties with him.
I strongly urge you — particularly the boys in our viewers — to go and skim Harry’s full account. I’ve tried to summarize the fundamentals right here, however there’s plenty of eye-opening nuance to the story that you’re going to solely choose up on, and extra importantly study from by studying the entire thing.