Among those reacting to the allegation that Kevin Spacey made a sexual overture to Anthony Rapp when Rapp was 14 years old is former Channel 5 anchor Heather Unruh.
After reading Rapp’s claim that the “House of Cards” actor made a sexual advance toward him when he was a teenager and Spacey was in his mid-20s, Unruh on Monday tweeted: “I applaud your courage Actor Anthony Rapp @albinokid. You are not alone.”
Two weeks ago, in the wake of The New York Times story about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexually harassing dozens of women, Unruh had tweeted this: “The #weinsteinscandal has emboldened me-- #truth time. I was a Kevin Spacey fan until he assaulted a loved one. Time the dominoes fell.”
The Globe contacted Unruh after that tweet — which was retweeted over 3,000 times — and she spoke about the incident. She said it occurred last summer at a well-known restaurant, which she did not name. Unruh said Spacey walked in very late and people were “starstruck.” She said the actor sat beside a man.
Unruh alleges Spacey did something beneath the table that was “completely unexpected, completely inappropriate.”
“If a woman who saw what happened didn’t tell [the alleged victim] to run while Spacey got up to go to the bathroom, I don’t even want to think about what would’ve happened,” Unruh told the Globe in an interview Oct. 13.
Unruh would not identify the alleged victim, and attempts to speak with her in the two weeks since have been unsuccessful. She did not respond to an e-mail Monday, a day after Rapp’s allegations about Spacey were published on Buzzfeed and Spacey tweeted an apology, saying he did “not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.”
Spacey continued: “If I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
A rep for Spacey has not responded.
An earlier version of this story misstated the gender of the alleged victim.