Marketing consultant Andy Holtzman has become the fifteenth man to accuse actor Kevin Spacey of an unwanted sexual advance, harassment, or assault.
He says that it happened in 1981 when he was 27 and working at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater. He was gay and out, and Spacey was a 22-year-old actor with a part in Henry IV Part 1.
Holtzman told USA Today that he was on the phone and alone in his office when Spacey walked in and sat down on his desk.
He said, “Within minutes, wordlessly, he was up and all over me. The aggression was certainly more than a grope. When I was finally able to push him off and scream (at him), he theatrically stepped back, incredibly angry, grabbed his coat and bag, stormed out and slammed the door.”
He was shocked that Spacey got so angry.
“It was the look on his face that was really shocking and then scary,” he said. “The anger was undeserved. If you ask for something and get a no, then I can understand the anger, but you ask for nothing and then try to take everything? Where is that anger coming from?”
Holtzman said that he was worried about getting fired and avoided Spacey from then on. He went on to a career in marketing and would bring up the story with friends when Spacey was on TV in the years since then.
USA Today confirmed some of the details of Holtzman’s story, like that they were both working at the theater that summer. Spacey has not commented on this accusation.
He said he feels better now that he has told his story and doesn’t expect anything from Spacey. “I felt so alone at the time. Part of me feels vindicated now, to know there are a lot of us.”