Since then, others have come forward with further allegations against Spacey, including the filmmaker Tony Montana, who said that Spacey groped him in public in , and the actor Roberto Cavazos, who said he witnessed Spacey court and inappropriately touch younger male actors at the Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was the artistic director from to At the age of 14, he says, he began a sexual relationship with the actor, who was then 24, that ended with what he describes as an attempted rape.
The man is now a year-old artist living on the East Coast with a long-term partner, and he wishes to remain anonymous. Spacey was 22 and working in the New York theater scene. After that meeting, he says, Spacey gave him his phone number, and the two began a sexual relationship.
We have done our best to verify his account of his time with Spacey. We confirmed with two sources that Spacey taught at the acting school in ; checked the plausibility of dates and other details in his account; and spoke with people close to the former student, who said that he had spoken about his relationship with Spacey as far back as the s. We also spoke with his current therapist, who confirmed that he began speaking about it in sessions in And we have confirmed the other abusive relationship the former student discusses.
We reached out to Spacey to talk about the relationship. Spacey absolutely denies the allegations. We are presenting it as he told it to us because of the nature of the relationship, which is best left to the former student to describe.
He entered it enthusiastically as a young adolescent and continued to see Spacey until the unwanted assault. Consent is rarely simple, even among adults. It is especially complicated in the mind of a year-old. This is his account. When did you first meet Kevin Spacey? They would bring working theater professionals in to teach us. I was 12, and he taught at the school, maybe just for half a year. He was probably just beginning to be a working actor.
What was the school called? It was an hour of movement, an hour of acting, and an hour of musical comedy. It was in a church, and it was a bunch of kids between the ages of probably 11 and 18, singing and acting. When you were at school, did Kevin Spacey give you attention in that way? I knew that he knew who I was, but no there was no physical attention. We were not discussing sexuality. I mean, my group was Do you remember what church it was held at?
There were different age groups, and he came and taught acting classes, and then went away. I met him again the summer of , when I was 14, at Shakespeare in the Park. I was waiting on line with my family. I saw him, and he saw me, and while my parents were waiting for tickets, he and I went for a walk. I had been sexually active for a year then, also with a person ten years my senior — a member of my family, my cousin. I came out to my parents in the eighth grade, when I was But my cousin had sexually abused my older brother when my brother was 11 and he was 17 or He was forgiven by my family and kind of invited back into the fold.
My mother told him [to stay away from me]: Did you feel your relationship with your cousin was consensual? That we were boyfriends. He was kind of in high seduction mode and gave me his phone number and asked me to call him. That was probably a minute walk, and then I went back to be with my parents. How did you feel? A little drunk with it and very delighted with the attention.
I was like a cute, plump little kid who went through puberty really fast and came out the other side as somebody that grown-ups were looking at and saying was beautiful.
And I had gone through puberty at I had to make this happen. And I was terrified to do that with a boy of my own age. You could be beat up. After you talked in the park, when did you and Kevin first meet? I called him on the phone the next day, and he told me how he was in love with me and wanted to see me.
I went and saw him at an apartment he was renting on the Upper West Side. He had a black Labrador named Snake. We started a sexual relationship that first visit, which mostly involved me fucking him.
Did he ever talk about his personal life? There were pictures around his house of Jennifer Jason Leigh. I remember him talking about her as his girlfriend. Did you know if he was sleeping with anyone else? I assumed that he was sleeping with Jennifer Jason Leigh. How did the sexual part start happening? I remember a lot of physical activity. And how did you feel after the first time with Kevin? I think we lay around and talked some.
I was probably just there for a couple hours. I remember feeling like [I was] cheating, going back and forth between these two men. In your mind, at that age, there was a kind of drama. I was part of a troupe of kids working with the director and writer Liz Swados, and that winter, Liz and I got together and she recognized that I was in a lot of psychic distress.
She pursued it to the point where I confessed to her that I was trapped in this relationship with my cousin and wanted to get out, but felt like he would fall apart if I left him. She helped me get out. How many times did you meet up with Kevin after that first meeting? My memory is that we met up three or four more times with, again, proclamations that we loved each other.
Also, [he was telling me] that there were producers who were really interested in me as an actor and that he wanted to get me auditions. He talked about some play and how he wanted to get me an audition for it. Did anything come of that? Did you ever talk to Kevin about his work? I knew at that point he was starting to be a working actor.
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. I was commuting into New York and acting and making money. You were a working child actor. Can I see you?
He told me to come over, and I went to the apartment. 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 fuck me, which had never happened to me before. He said he wanted to top you? He did not say. I again tell him no, and he tries again.
I am strong enough, thank God, both somewhere in my brain and in my body, to get him off of me. I throw him off of me and I run crying down the stairs and out into the street and then suck it all up and go have dinner. Did he penetrate you? I know it hurt, so something went somewhere to the point where it hurt, but I remember feeling like I got him. I did not feel like I had been fucked. What would you call it? Did you feel afraid? I felt betrayed, or in danger, or trapped. And that has been the extent of my contact with him.
But then I remember talking to my friends in my early 20s about it, as he started to get prizes and be in plays and later win a Tony. How did you feel about him when you were 14? I was obsessed with him.