On Wednesday, Heather Unruh, an award-winning journalist and former news anchor, claimed during a press conference that her son was sexually assaulted by actor Kevin Spacey. While she may be known for her role as a journalist, she explained that she spoke “as a mom.”
Unruh told reporters the alleged assault took place inside the Club Car Restaurant on Nantucket Island in July of 2016, after Spacey, who was told her son was at least 21 years of age, bought him multiple drinks.
“My son was a star-struck, straight 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim,” Unruh said. “When my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him.”
She said the actor reached into her son's pants and “grabbed his genitals,” at which point her son tried to shift his position to “remove Spacey's hand,” but was unsuccessful and the “violation continued.”
After Spacey allegedly invited her son to an after party, he went to the bathroom and a “concerned woman” approached her “very shaken” son and asked if he was OK.
“Obviously she had seen something and she knew that he was not,” Unruh claimed. “She told him to run and he did. He ran as fast as he could.”
Once safely inside his grandmother's house, who lived nearby, she explained he woke his sister, Kyla, and the two called their mother in the middle of the night to recount what happened.
The concerned mother joined her family the next day and said that her son did not report what happened out of “embarrassment and fear,” but it is something he continues to deal with on a daily basis.
“Nothing could have prepared my son for how that sexual assault would make him feel as a man,” Unruh explained. “It harmed him and it cannot be undone. While he has tried his best to deal with it, as he says, it's always there and it continues to bother him.”
She credited the women and other victims who came forward to share their stories about Harvey Weinstein with empowering her son to file a police report and provide evidence, which she said he did last week.
After she detailed the specifics of the encounter, she used her platform to appeal to the stranger who spoke to her son in the bar that night.
“I would love you to please come forward,” she urged. “My family will always be eternally grateful that when you saw something that you thought was very wrong, that you acted and we would very much like to thank you in person.”
The former anchor also had a message for Spacey. Unruh said, “Shame on you for what you did to my son,” and called his use of his apology to actor Anthony Rapp to come out, a deflection from what he really is: “a sexual predator.”
Throughout her statement, she repeatedly called Spacey's actions “criminal,” and said she hopes to see the “hand of justice” come down on the actor and send him to jail.
WCVB reported that the Nantucket Police Department hasn't confirmed or denied information surrounding the case because sexual assault reports are legally confidential.
Watch below, via CBS News 4.