'Shame on you'

Former TV news anchor accuses Kevin Spacey of sexual assaulting her 18-year-old son

Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh sits with her attorney Mitchell Garabedian at a press conference in Boston November 8, 2017 during which she accused actor Kevin Spacey of allegedly sexually abusing her son in July 2016. (JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)

A former news anchor from Boston alleged on Wednesday that Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son last year. It’s the latest in a slew of allegations made against the actor, who was fired from his job as the lead character on Netflix’s hit show House of Cards last week amid allegations that, in 1986, he made a physical sexual advance toward a 14-year-old child actor. The spate of accusations Spacey is facing comes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which men and women from all walks of life are publicly sharing their experiences with various forms of sexual misconduct.

Appearing at a news conference alongside her attorney, Heather Unruh, a former anchorwoman for local TV station WCVB, detailed an alleged encounter her son had with Spacey last year. Using a tissue to dab away tears, Unruh told reporters that her son met Spacey at the Club Car Restaurant on Nantucket Island last year. Spacey, she said, bought her “starstruck” son “drink after drink after drink.”  And “when my son was drunk,” Unruh continued, “Spacey stuck his hand inside my son’s pants and grabbed his genitals. This was completely unexpected and my son’s efforts to shift his body to remove Spacey’s hand were only momentarily successful.” Unruh said “the violation continued and my son panicked.”

Kevin Spacey discussing his new play Clarence Darrow at Build Studio on May 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Unruh said Spacey tried to persuade her son to go with him “to a private after-hours party to drink even more.” Then, Spacey excused himself to go to the bathroom, and a woman who had seen that her son was distressed by the encounter spoke with him and “told him to run and he did.”

“He ran as fast as he could all the way to his grandmother’s house,” Unruh recalled. Once there, he told his sister about the encounter and the siblings called their mother in the middle of the night to tell her. She said her son handed over evidence to Nantucket police, but declined to elaborate on what that entailed. The New York Times made efforts to reach Spacey for comment on Wednesday, but did not receive a reply.

She acknowledged that her son, a sophomore in college who did not attend the press conference, was drunk and had told Spacey that he was 21 years old at the time, even though he was 18. But, she said, “I want to make it clear: This was a criminal act.” She added that the scores of women who have come forward against Weinstein in recent weeks have “paved the way” for her son to share his experience.

Addressing the actor, Unruh said, “To Kevin Spacey, I want to say this: Shame on you for what you did to my son.”

Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney representing Unruh’s son, is famous for having represented victims of the Catholic Church clergy sex abuse scandal and was depicted by Stanley Tucci in the movie Spotlight. He said that the accusation made by Unruh’s son against Spacey is “well within the statute of limitations” for a civil claim and “also within the criminal statute of limitations.”

Below, watch a clip from Unruh’s press conference.

Read the full story at Boston.com.


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