- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Former Boston television news anchor Heather Unruh alleged Wednesday that disgraced actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her 18-year-old son last summer.

Ms. Unruh appeared with attorney Mitchell Garabedian during a news conference in Boston, accusing Mr. Spacey of reaching down her son’s pants and grabbing his genitals at a restaurant in Nantucket.

“I’m here not as a journalist,” Ms. Unruh said, “but as a mom.”

She said “embarrassment and fear” kept her son from reporting the incident at the time, but Mr. Garabedian said the Nantucket Police have since been notified and are conducting an investigation.

“We cannot confirm nor deny any such report was filed. Reports of sexual assaults are confidential under Massachusetts General Law,” Nantucket Police Lt. Angus C. MacVicar told a local CBS affiliate.

Ms. Unruh said she’s wanted to speak out about the incident for “a very long time.”

“Now the climate in this country is changing. There’s a shift,” she said. “The timing was everything. I think a lot of us felt a lot less fear of how my son would be treated.”

Mr. Spacey was fired last week as the star of the hit Netflix series “House of Cards” after being bombarded with numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations, starting with “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp, who accused the Oscar-winning actor of making an inappropriate sexual advance toward him several decades ago when he was just 14 years old.

Ms. Unruh tweeted back on Oct. 13 that the sexual assault scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had “emboldened” her.

More than two weeks later, after more allegations against Mr. Spacey came forward, Ms. Unruh tweeted, “The dominoes are falling,” CBS reported.

Ms. Unruh has been in contact with the alleged victims, who have been “suffering” for decades, she said.

“To Kevin Spacey, I want to say this: Shame on you for what you did to my son,” she said. “And shame on you for using your apology to Anthony Rapp to come out as a gay man. That was an appalling attempt to deflect attention away from what you really are: A sexual predator. Your actions are criminal.”

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