'I woke up with Kevin Spacey lying on me'

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The man, who did not want to be identified, says he woke up with Spacey's head on his stomach

A man has said he was left traumatised after waking up to find Hollywood star Kevin Spacey lying on him when he was a teenager in the 1980s.

The man told Victoria Derbyshire Spacey invited him to spend the weekend in New York but it became clear he was interested in "a way I wasn't".

He said Spacey asked him to share his bed, but he slept on the sofa and woke up with the actor's arms around him.

The BBC has contacted Spacey for a comment.

John, not his real name, added he didn't believe anything sexual took place, but said: "I was uncomfortable at best, traumatised at worst."

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Kevin Spacey is a double Oscar winner and was artistic director at London's Old Vic for 11 years

The latest allegation follows Spacey's apology after US actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making a sexual advance towards him when he was 14.

Rapp told how Spacey laid down on top of him in a bedroom during a party at the older man's flat in 1986.

The Double Oscar-winner said he was "beyond horrified" to hear the story and did not remember the encounter.

Other men have now come forward, accusing Spacey of sexual harassment.

US filmmaker Tony Montana told Radar Online he suffered from PTSD for six months after Spacey allegedly grabbed his crotch in a Los Angeles bar in 2003.

And Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who acted in several plays at the Old Vic, claimed in a Facebook post Spacey "routinely preyed" on young male actors.

'Hand on thigh'

Speaking to the programme, John said he first met the Broadway actor in 1984 at a summer theatre when he was 16.

The pair exchanged letters and, a year later, when John was 17, Spacey invited him to spend a weekend at his home in New York City.

John told how a "charming and brotherly" Spacey showed him around the city, took him out for dinner and introduced him to famous friends on their weekend together.

On the first evening, Spacey talked a lot about his work and became affectionate "in a way I certainly wasn't interested in", he said.

He put his hand on John's thigh, an arm around his shoulder and rubbed his arm.

'Icy goodnight'

At bedtime, John said Spacey asked him to share his bed, but John insisted on sleeping on the sofa.

"It was an icy 'goodnight' with the lights off. I thought I was going to be kicked out in the morning," he said.

"As we went to sleep, he was sobbing from his bed," said John.

He said he felt it was attention-seeking behaviour in an attempt to get him to respond.

The following morning, John said he woke up with Spacey's head on his stomach and his arms wrapped around him.

"He was in his underwear, I was fully clothed. I supposed it was some sort of New York theatre actor 'good morning,'" he said.

'Stupid or predatory'

After a second day enjoying New York, John said once back at the flat, Spacey became affectionate again and told him he felt "misunderstood".

"I burst into tears because I couldn't articulate any more what was happening to me. I was scared," said John.

"To his credit, he backed off and we went to sleep."

John said he is telling his story now after reading about Rapp's similar experience and he wants young people to know they should be vigilant and speak out.

"It seems he was grooming me," John said.

"For me, I never let on that that's what I was interested in. I never discussed it, nor did I want it.

"I was uncomfortable at best, traumatised at worst.

"He was either very stupid or predatory - or maybe a little of both."

John points out that neither of them drank any alcohol that weekend.

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Anthony Rapp, now 46, appeared in Star Trek: Discovery

He said he didn't tell his parents or the authorities at the time because he thought Spacey's behaviour might have been "permissible" and worried he might have "given off a vibe" that he was interested in Spacey.

The BBC is seeking a response from Spacey.

In light of Rapp's allegations, Netflix has suspended production of political drama, House of Cards, in which Spacey stars.

Meanwhile, the Old Vic, a London theatre where Spacey worked for 11 years, has set up a confidential complaints process for people involved with the theatre.