Prosecutors to meet with alleged victim of Kevin Spacey
NANTUCKET — The Cape and Islands district attorney said Friday he has scheduled a meeting with the teenage son of Heather Unruh, a former Boston television news anchor, who has accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a downtown bar here in July 2016.
District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said the meeting will occur soon and said he is interested in “everything that’s relevant and material” to the alleged assault. At a news conference Wednesday, Unruh said Spacey plied her 18-year-old son with alcohol, then thrust his hand inside the young man’s pants and grabbed his genitals.
The investigation “will proceed from there after we have a chance to speak with the person who made the allegation,” O’Keefe said.
The teenager’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said he is searching for “any possible documented evidence” about any encounter between Spacey and the teenager, now a college sophomore.
Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of survivors of clergy sexual abuse, said he is also investigating Spacey’s history on Nantucket, where several residents said he is a frequent visitor.
“The question always remains whether there are other victims of Kevin Spacey,” Garabedian said.
Unruh had initially accused Spacey of wrongdoing on Oct. 13, posting on Twitter that Spacey, 58, had “assaulted a loved one.”
Later that month, actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had tried to sexually assault him in the 1980s, when Rapp was 14.
Unruh said her son worked as a busboy at The Club Car, a popular restaurant, and saw Spacey there after his shift had ended.
“My son was a 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,” Unruh said.
“Kevin Spacey bought my son drink after drink after drink. And when my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him,” Unruh said.
“I think Kevin Spacey should go to prison,” she added.
Unruh said her son fled the bar at the urging of an unidentified woman when Spacey went to the restroom. Garabedian said he would be interested in speaking with the woman if she identifies herself.
Unruh said her son immediately told his sister what had happened but was too embarrassed and afraid to report the alleged crime at the time. Unruh’s son has since met with Nantucket police about the incident. Citing confidentiality in sexual-assault cases, Nantucket authorities have declined to comment on the case.
A bartender at The Club Car, which has changed ownership since summer 2016, declined to answer questions.
The alleged assault, involving one of the many celebrities who flock here during the summer, has caused an off-season buzz on the island. Nearly a dozen islanders said in interviews that Spacey is seen often on Nantucket.
Marilyn Vaughn, a year-round resident, said she believes she spotted Spacey at the Cisco Brewery around the time of the alleged incident, wearing distinctive Nantucket Reds pants and a blue blazer.
“I feel bad for her son,” Vaughn said of Unruh, a longtime summer visitor who hosted the Boston Pops concert here in 2016. “It’s sad that it takes one person to come out” with an allegation “before they all feel they can come out.”
Staff at the Cisco Brewery said Friday that Spacey easily could have blended in with the big crowds that frequent the brewery in summer and said celebrities are a common sight across Nantucket.
One islander who asked that his last name not be used said high-wattage star power is expected. In that environment, even a two-time Academy Award winner such as Spacey might not cause much of a stir on the streets.
“You’ve got the celebrities here,” Roger said, raising his hand to his shoulder. “And then you’ve got the crazy rich people here,” he added, lifting his hand high above his head.
“Nobody pays much attention. They go about their business,” Roger said.
It has not been business as usual for Spacey. Netflix has shut down production of “House of Cards,” the political drama he starred in, and Spacey’s role has been cut from a Ridley Scott film set to hit theaters in just over a month.