After weeks of women – many of them prominent actresses – coming forward with allegations of sexual assault and rape against Harvey Weinstein and others in the movie industry, actor Anthony Rapp made a distressing announcement: When he was 14, Kevin Spacey attempted to sexually assault him. Following the initial report, Spacey came out as gay, and many news outlets focused on his queerness, with the accusations taking a backseat. But the backlash was swift, with Netflix canceling the Spacey-fronted House of Cards indefinitely and others coming forward with similar claims. According to BuzzFeed, since Rapp’s revelation, several others have accused Spacey of inappropriate and predatory behavior, including Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos.
Cavazos accuses Spacey of trying to grope him in a bar at the Old Vic, a London theater where Spacey served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015. In a Facebook post published on October 30, Cavazos said he wouldn’t find it surprising if many more accuse Spacey of sexual harassment and assault.
“I, myself, had a few unpleasant encounters with Spacey that towed the line of being considered harassment,” he wrote. “Had I been a women, I undoubtedly would have classified them as such, but I suppose that the lack of a more specifically direct or aggressive action led me to justify the incident as ‘one of those things.’ There’s many of us who have a ‘Kevin Spacey story.’ It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr. Spacey to feel free to touch us. It was so common that it became an industry joke (in very poor taste).”
Cavazos says that Spacey operated the same way with each of his victims: He’d invite them to meet up to discuss their careers and then he’d strike. Cavazos predicted that more would speak out against Spacey. He also took the opportunity to discuss the endemic culture of sexual harassment in the Mexican theater.
Read his entire statement below:
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