Kevin Spacey likes “young, straight men,” an aspiring actor was warned before he was allegedly sexually assaulted after falling asleep in the actor’s flat, a court heard.
The alleged victim said he didn’t know “at the time he was a predator,” a jury said.
He told a police officer that he wrote a letter to the Hollywood star asking for help, which later led to the alleged incident – a move he said seemed “quite tactical”.
Southwark Crown Court jurors heard the night had ended with him crying at a bus stop when Mr Spacey asked him to leave after rejecting the star’s alleged sexual advances.
He told the officer he didn’t leave when the actor had his head stuck in his crotch because “you just don’t want to annoy someone so powerful in the business you’re trying to break into”.
“The social influence he had was enormous.”
“Nothing happened voluntarily,” the man told police.
In the complainant’s police questioning, played in court on Monday, the man said Mr Spacey called him a few weeks after his letter.
He said to the officer, “He said, ‘Would you like to meet for a beer?’.
“I was quite dumbfounded, in awe of the idea of essentially meeting an idol.”
The man elaborated on how he felt the actor made time to meet him, saying: “I felt weirdly special because it was someone saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to make time for you tonight.’
“I thought it would be a calendar and book something for four weeks.”
He recalled being taken to Mr. Spacey’s address and saying, “He said, ‘This is my place, do you want to come up?’ to which I said, ‘Sure,’ because it’s Kevin Spacey.
“There was still some pizza on the table, so we ate a little pizza, smoked some weed, which I was more into at the time.”
The man described what happened later and said, “He sort of opened his arms and said, ‘Come here’.
“Then he started sniffing his head… he just rubbed his head in my crotch – I thought, ‘This is incredibly weird.’
“I was very nervous at the moment, I was just flipping through TV channels.
“I went through movies asking if he knew the actors… he didn’t really want to have a conversation.”
Speaking about the sexual act allegation, the man told the officer he was starting to feel “woozy” before saying, “Sleeping isn’t something I would normally do – it’s unusual in my behavior to just leave .
“I remember waking up four to five hours later – my belt was still together, but my button and zipper were down and he just performed [a sex act] on me.”
The man said he responded by saying “No,” before adding, “Then he stopped and asked me to leave immediately.
“He told me not to talk to anyone about what happened.”
The man told the officer that others had told him that Mr. Spacey liked the “young straights”.
He said, “I didn’t know at the time that he was a predator.”
When asked if he had thought about leaving when Mr. Spacey stuck his head in his crotch, the man said he had a “nagging thought” that “maybe this is okay”.
After the interview was played to the jury, Mr Spacey’s lawyer, Patrick Gibbs KC, took the witness through phone logs that showed the star texting him a number of times after the incident.
The man said he had not received or seen any of the messages.
The complainant said he messaged Spacey once after the meeting because he wanted to meet up and “get him to say something about the truth” so he could “record it”.
The House of Cards star, 63, has been described by prosecutors as a “sexual bully” while on trial for sex offenses against four men between 2001 and 2013.
The defendant pleaded not guilty in January to three charges of indecent assault, three charges of sexual assault and one charge of inducing sexual activity without a person’s consent.
The two-time Academy Award winner also previously denied four other charges of sexual assault and one count of causing penetrative sexual activity without a person’s consent.
The process continues.
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