A former US television host has held a press conference to allege that actor Kevin Spacey plied her teenage son with alcohol then sexually assaulted him in a bar last year.
Heather Unruh, a former Boston news anchor, said on Twitter in recent weeks that, in light of the allegations against several powerful Hollywood figures including Kevin Spacey. she would be disclosing allegations involving Spacey and a "loved one".
On Thursday, she fronted cameras flanked by a lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, and her daughter, Kyla, to add to the explosive allegations of sexual abuse levelled against the House of Cards actor in recent weeks.
Spacey responded to initial allegations from Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp - who said Spacey made sexual advances on him 30 years ago - by saying he couldn't remember the encounter but was sorry if it happened. He also used the apology to come out as gay.
Unruh alleged on Thursday that her son was groped in July, 2016 inside the Club Car Restaurant and Bar on Nantucket Island, a small holiday spot off Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
"The victim, my son, was a star-struck, straight, 18-year-old man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim," she said through tears.
Her son was not legally allowed to drink but Spacey bought him "drink after drink after drink" and then, when her son was drunk, he stuck his hand inside her son's pants and grabbed his genitals, Unruh said.
"This was completely unexpected and my son's efforts to shift his body to remove Spacey's hand were only momentarily successful. The violation continued. My son panicked, he froze. He was intoxicated and Kevin Spacey was insisting he come with him to a private after-hours party to drink even more.
"Fortunately, Kevin Spacey left briefly to use the bathroom and when he was out of sight, a concerned woman came [up] to my very shaken son's side and asked if he was okay.
"She told him to run and he did. He ran as fast as he could all the way to his grandmother's house where, upset and afraid, he woke his sister, Kyla, and the two of them called me in the middle of the night."
She said her son, now a college student, was still "bothered" by the incident and the family have had "sleepless nights and tremendous anger and anxiety".
Her son didn't want to report it to police at the time because he was embarrassed and fearful of the kind of attention it may attract. He has since made a statement to police.
"I can assure you that this is not the kind of attention anyone wants, certainly not the kind my son and my family want but the climate in this country has changed now," she said. "Right now, my son is worried but he's also confident that the time to act is now."
Unruh had tweeted about Spacey several times last month, saying that it was "time the dominoes fell".
Spacey has not responded to the allegations but his representatives said last week that he has sought evaluation and treatment.
Netflix has since severed all ties with him, saying the production of the sixth and final season of House of Cards has been suspended and the film Gore, which was in post-production and was produced by Spacey, will not be released.
Actor Harry Dreyfuss recently alleged that Spacey groped him when he was 18 and his father, Richard Dreyfuss, was in the room.