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Heather Unruh on Spacey allegations: ‘He strikes when they least expect it’

Heather Unruh on “Megyn Kelly Today.”
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Heather Unruh on “Megyn Kelly Today.”

Former WCVB-TV (Channel 5) anchor Heather Unruh appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” Monday morning to talk about actor Kevin Spacey’s alleged sexual assault of her son.

In her first live interview since claiming Spacey plied her teenage son with alcohol and put his hand in his pants in 2016, Unruh said she has since spoken to eight other men who allege they were victimized by the “House of Cards” star.

“The details are so similar in many of these cases,” Unruh told Kelly. “It’s an abuse of power and fame. He lures them in, making them feel like they’re the greatest person, that he’s really interested in what they have to say. . . . Then he strikes when they least expect it, just when they start to feel comfortable.

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“I think there are so many more who are afraid to come forward or just too embarrassed,” Unruh said.

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The former news anchor first revealed her son’s alleged encounter with Spacey earlier this month at a press conference in Boston. Seated beside attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Unruh said her son, Will, was 18 when he met Spacey at The Club Car restaurant on Nantucket in 2016. After the actor allegedly touched her son inappropriately, Unruh said her son fled the restaurant. Now a 19-year-old college sophomore, Unruh’s son filed a report with Nantucket police in October.

Unruh told Kelly her son was “devastated” and “very broken up” immediately after the incident.

“He was introduced to Kevin Spacey. He was thrilled, thinking this is going to be the greatest night of my life,” Unruh told Kelly. “They talked for a long time. They sang together at the piano. Then out of nowhere, [Spacey] violated him, and not just once.”

The Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey was artistic director for 11 years starting in 2004, has said it has received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior by the actor. Unruh said that she’s been told it was allegedly well known in London that “if you’re under 30, have brown hair, and you’re straight, you had to watch out” for Spacey.

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Asked if she thinks the actor belongs behind bars, Unruh was unequivocal.

“Yes,” she said. “I think he’s run out of using his celebrity, so I think we’re not going to stop until he pleads guilty.”

Spacey is currently at The Meadows, a rehab facility in Arizona where he’s been seeking unspecified treatment since shortly after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making a sexual advance when Rapp was just 14 years old.

It’s unclear what prompted Unruh to choose Kelly for her first live TV interview. In her memoir, “Settle for More,” Kelly wrote that she was sexually harassed by former Fox News chief Roger Ailes during her time at Fox News. Kelly also has said she complained about Bill O’Reilly while both were with Fox News.