American filmmaker and director Tony Montana has accused Hollywood star Kevin Spacey (58) of sexual misconduct. According to Montana, “The Usual Suspects” actor groped him in a Los Angeles bar in 2003, which made him suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“I went up to order a drink and Kevin came up to me and put his arm around me. He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar. He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package,” Montana told Radar Online in an interview recently. However, the incident, said Montana, did not end here as a seemingly intoxicated Spacey followed him to the restroom where the former backed him out of the door and pushed him.
The incident affected Montana badly. He could not disclose it to anyone except therapists. He reportedly had PTSD for six months. The haunting memories bothered him every time he visited a bar. The “Overnight” filmmaker credited American stage artist Anthony Rapp for the courage to reveal his 14-year-old ordeal.
Significantly, Rapp was the first person to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct. Rapp had recently accused the Academy Award winning actor of trying to “seduce” him when he was only 14. Though Spacey has apologized to Rapp, he has denied remembering the “encounter,” which according to him would have happened over 30 years ago. “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey said in a statement.
Such allegations against Spacey were also made in the United Kingdom when he was the artistic director at the Old Vic in London from 2004 to 2015. Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos has alleged that the two-time Oscar winning actor “routinely preyed” on young male actors between 2004 and 2015. “There are a lot of us who have a ‘Kevin Spacey story’,” said Cavazos, who performed in several plays at the theatre.
Sexual abuse triggers mental health problems
Sexual harassment can adversely affect the mental health of an individual. Victims of sexual misconduct are vulnerable to common mental illnesses like anxiety, depression and PTSD. Research has found that sexual assault early in an individual’s career can cause long-term depression.
In the wake of recent incidents, the need of the hour is to spread awareness about the harmful effects of sexual harassment. Moreover, it is important to encourage victims to report such cases to prevent the repeated offenses. However, if a person is struggling with any mental disorder after experiencing sexual abuse, he/she should immediately seek medical attention to overcome their woes.
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