Gwendolyn Purdom
November 06, 2017 12:45 pm
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The disturbing allegations against Kevin Spacey keep piling up. Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss detailed his own encounter with Spacey, saying the House of Cards actor groped him when he was 18, and that his father was in the room when it happened.

According to Harry, the groping happened when he and his father went to Spacey’s London apartment in 2008 to rehearse lines for a play Richard was acting in and Spacey was directing. Harry says while the three were reading through lines, Spacey put his hand on Harry’s thigh and eventually his crotch. His father didn’t see what had taken place.

Here’s a portion from Harry Dreyfuss’s account:

More than 10 people — including Harry and at least eight House of Cards employees — have come forward with accusations of harassment or assault against Spacey since actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey assaulted him when he was only 14 years old.

With momentum from the flood of accusations against Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #MeToo movement, claims against Spacey have prompted rightfully swift responses.

Following Spacey’s much-criticized statement in which he both apologized to Rapp and came out as gay, Netflix announced they’ve cut ties with the actor both in House of Cards and an upcoming biopic. Additionally, Spacey’s reps have said the actor is seeking treatment.

Harry says his dad didn’t know about what had happened in 2008 until years later. And it wasn’t until years later, when he heard similar stories from others, that Harry says he even started thinking about the encounter as abuse. Before that, he’d brushed it off as a joke he often told at parties. Now, he says, he understands it was just one instance in a dangerous pattern of abuse that had been kept quiet for too long.

As heartbreaking as all these stories are, we’re encouraged by the brave women and men like Harry Dreyfuss speaking up about their experiences.

“In minimizing my own experience all these years, I unwittingly played a role in minimizing it for everyone,” Dreyfuss wrote. “That ends now.”

Let’s hope more people follow in his footsteps.

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