Harry, the son of actor Richard Dreyfuss has revealed that House of Cards star Kevin Spacey groped him when he was 18 years old. At the time, Harry had just accompanied his dad at Spacey’s during the Christmas break in order to rehearse lines for play Complicit – directed by Kevin.
Harry, who is now 27 said that at first, he had a good impression of the actor who seemed really ‘nice,’ and soon he became one of his ’idols.’
But while all three of them were reading the script, Spacey apparently placed his hand on the boy’s thigh.
‘Finally I became suspicious. It took that long because it never occurred to me that Kevin would be interested in me. He was an adult man, an idol of mine, my dad’s boss, none of which were categories on my radar for sexual interactions. Besides, I thought, ‘Surely he cannot be coming on to me right in front of my dad.’ But his hand stayed there,’ Harry recalled.
Even though he allegedly tried to get some distance between them a few times, the actor resumed his stance without fail.
In an effort to make Spacey ‘take the hint’ he put his own hands on both of his thighs as a layer of protection.
Still, the actor managed to force his hand between Harry’s right hand and leg while his dad was way too engrossed in the script to notice.
Because Spacey was his father’s boss and he didn’t want to start a feud between them or halt the play, the boy decided to not alert his dad.
But inch by inch, Kevin slid his hand from Harry’s thigh to his crotch shocking the boy who struggled to send a clear signal that he was not interested without his dad noticing the inappropriate behavior of his boss.
‘I stopped reading the script, and my eyes went wide. I lifted my head and faced him. Looking into his eyes, I gave the most meager shake of my head that I could manage. I was protecting my dad’s career. I was protecting Kevin, who my dad surely would’ve tried to punch. I was protecting myself because I thought one day I would want to work with this man. Kevin did not react and kept his hand there. My eyes went back to the script, and I kept reading.’
Harry only told his dad what had happened that day about four or five years later.
Dreyfuss was furious, but Harry begged his dad not to make a huge deal out of it.
By that time, Harry had taken to telling what had happened at parties just for laughs.
However, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal happened, Harry realized his voice mattered and could help stop men in positions of power from abusing others.