'I was unable to process what was happening': Richard Dreyfuss's son says Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18

  • Harry Dreyfuss has alleged that Kevin Spacey groped him while he, his father and Spacey were in Spacey's London apartment in 2008
  • He writes that he and his father were practicing his father's lines
  • Harry writes: 'Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over toward my crotch'
  • The son of the Oscar winner writes that his father did not notice because he was absorbed in the script and he did not tell him about the incident for many years
  • Richard tweeted: 'I love my son @harrydreyfuss more than I could explain with all the words in the world. And I am so incredibly proud of him right now'
  • The allegation comes after actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had come onto him when he was just 14 years old

 

 

The son of Richard Dreyfuss has alleged that Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18 years old.

Harry Dreyfuss, recounting the allegation in a first-hand account for Buzzfeed News, writes that the incident occurred in 2008, when he was a high school senior.

He writes how his father, the Oscar-winning star of Jaws, The Goodbye Girl and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, was appearing in a play, Complicit, directed by Spacey at the Old Vic, a theater in London.

Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, has written an account of how Kevin Spacey allegedly groped him when he was 18 years old
 

Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, has written an account of how Kevin Spacey allegedly groped him when he was 18 years old

Dreyfuss writes, in an account for Buzzfeed, that he, his father and Spacey were at Spacey's London apartment in 2008, when his father was starring in a play directed by Spacey
 

Dreyfuss writes, in an account for Buzzfeed, that he, his father and Spacey were at Spacey's London apartment in 2008, when his father was starring in a play directed by Spacey

Richard Dreyfuss, an Oscar-winning actor whose credits include Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is pictured in Complicit, the play directed by Spacey at the Old Vic in London in 2008
 

Richard Dreyfuss, an Oscar-winning actor whose credits include Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, is pictured in Complicit, the play directed by Spacey at the Old Vic in London in 2008

Harry writes that the three of them were in Spacey's London apartment, and that he and Spacey, now 58, sat together on a couch.

Richard, now 70, was intensely rehearsing his lines and did not notice when, per the allegation, Spacey put his hand on Harry's thigh. Harry was helping his father rehearse by portraying his character's wife.

Harry writes: 'I was unable to process what was happening: My dad and I were pretending to be lovers in a play while Kevin Spacey was trying to seduce me and all the while in real life I was a hapless, straight virgin who just wanted to become a famous actor.'

In his account, Harry describes how he got up to move to the other side of the couch, only for Spacey to follow him.

He writes that he again moved to the other side of the couch and put his hands on his thighs. At which point, Spacey returned and slid his hand through the crevice between Harry's arm and leg.

'Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over toward my crotch,' Harry writes. 'Looking into his eyes, I gave the most meager shake of my head that I could manage.'

Pictured are the elder Dreyfuss and Spacey promoting the play. Harry writes that his father did not notice the groping because he was absorbed in reading his script. Telling his father years later, he described the reaction: 'He was furious, and I spent the rest of the evening ensuring him that it wasn’t a big deal, and that I would be mortified if he did anything about it'
 

Pictured are the elder Dreyfuss and Spacey promoting the play. Harry writes that his father did not notice the groping because he was absorbed in reading his script. Telling his father years later, he described the reaction: 'He was furious, and I spent the rest of the evening ensuring him that it wasn’t a big deal, and that I would be mortified if he did anything about it'

Harry writes that Spacey first touched his thigh and, despite his attempts at deflection, continued to touch him. He writes: 'Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over toward my crotch'
 

Harry writes that Spacey first touched his thigh and, despite his attempts at deflection, continued to touch him. He writes: 'Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over toward my crotch'

He describes how he did not want to alert his father because Spacey was his father's boss at the time. He also writes that he was worried about harming his own career.

Eventually, Spacey removed the hand. Harry is not sure how long the hand remained on his crotch.

He writes: 'What I do remember is that, other than being a shy kid who obviously admired Kevin Spacey a lot, I never once gave him a signal that I would want to be with him in that way.'

Harry describes how he went through 'mental gymnastics' and tried to portray the incident as humorous when describing it to friends.

'If I could laugh at it, then surely I was not a victim. As a young storyteller from a family dedicated to seeing the funny side of the absurd, this was my way of defanging the whole thing,' he writes.

'What I see now is that when it comes to sexual abuse, there is no such thing as a "minor" assault.'

Richard did not see the incident take place due to his focus on the script, and Harry told him of the incident 'four or five' years later.

Harry writes: 'He was furious, and I spent the rest of the evening ensuring him that it wasn’t a big deal, and that I would be mortified if he did anything about it.'

Pictured is an old photo of Richard with sons Benjamin (left) and Harry (right)
 

Pictured is an old photo of Richard with sons Benjamin (left) and Harry (right)

Richard tweeted in support of his son. Harry writes: 'A lot of people have warned me this could hurt my career because it will make me look like I’m
 

Richard tweeted in support of his son. Harry writes: 'A lot of people have warned me this could hurt my career because it will make me look like I’m "jumping on the bandwagon." 'But as long as the bandwagon is outing a sexual predator…then I’m good with that'

Richard tweeted in support of his son: 'I love my son @harrydreyfuss more than I could explain with all the words in the world. And I am so incredibly proud of him right now.'

Bryan Freedman, Spacey's lawyer, said in response to Buzzfeed: 'Let me be clear, Mr. Spacey absolutely denies the allegations.'

Harry writes: 'A lot of people have warned me this could hurt my career because it will make me look like I’m "jumping on the bandwagon." 

'But as long as the bandwagon is outing a sexual predator…then I’m good with that.'

The account comes after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had come onto him when he was just 14 years old, after a party at Spacey's, when they were the only ones in the apartment.

He said the actor had drunkenly picked him up 'like a bride,' and then lay down on top of him in the alleged 1986 incident.

Spacey said the story 'horrified' him and said he didn't recall the encounter, but said he apologized 'if I did behave then as he describes.'

Since then, a claim has emerged that Spacey made a 'gesture and remark' on the set of the first season in 2012 that resulted in him undergoing a 'training process'.

And on Friday another three claims were fired at the Oscar-winner - one of them again involving a teenager, another one claiming that he grabbed a man's penis and chased him around a club, and the third saying he got an assistant to request sex on set.

Spacey 'is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,' his representatives said Thursday.