A former longtime television news anchor in Boston said Wednesday that Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son last year at a Nantucket restaurant, multiple media outlets reported.
Heather Unruh, who won four regional Emmy Awards during her decade as an anchor at WCVB television, is the latest to come forward with claims of inappropriate behavior by Spacey after “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp said last month the older star climbed on top of him decades ago when he was 14.
The television and movie-streaming service Netflix put an abrupt end to its relationship with Spacey, cutting him from the hit political drama “House of Cards,” among other projects, as accusations against the actor have begun to mount.
The claims against Spacey come against a backdrop of more widespread allegations of rape and molestation by powerful men in Hollywood and politics, with movie producer Harvey Weinstein having been accused by more than a dozen women of a range of disturbing encounters, including rape.
Unruh, who held a news conference with her attorney Wednesday, told reporters that Spacey bought drinks for her 18-year-old son at a dimly lit restaurant last year, then touched his genitals without permission, according to CBS Boston. She said her son fled to a family member’s home nearby before anything further happened.
Unruh said her son at the time was “star-struck, straight, 18-year-old young man, who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim.”
Spacey did not immediately respond to the latest allegations. He said after Rapp spoke out last month that he didn’t remember the encounter, but was “beyond horrified” by what he described as likely being “deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” He offered Rapp a “sincere apology.”
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