Kevin Spacey was brought up by a Nazi father who raped his brother and brutalized his family so badly that they called him The Creature, his older brother exclusively told the DailyMail.com.
Now, as the Oscar-winning actor faces allegations of trying to seduce Star Trek’s Antony Rapp when he was just 14 years old and of sexually assaulting a relative of former US news anchor Heather Unruh, the truth of his own troubled upbringing has been revealed.
Spacey’s older brother Randall Fowler, 62, described the current allegations against his brother as ‘disturbing’ to the DailyMail.com.
Spacey claims he does not recall the incident with Rapp, and has issued an apology of sorts for ‘what would have been inappropriate drunken behavior.’
In a tweeted statement he went on to say that the story has encouraged him to ‘address other things’ about his life, speaking openly for the first time about his homosexuality and choice to now live ‘as a gay man.’
Fowler has given some insight into what those ‘other things’ might be, as he admitted he was sexually abused by their father for years and that his mother knew of the abuse.
Thomas Geoffrey Fowler was such an abusive figure that, his oldest son admitted, he avoided having children of his own for fear that they would ‘inherit the sexual predator gene.’
Fowler recounted that damage and the toll it took on him and his siblings in an interview with The Mail on Sunday shortly after Spacey – who was not then openly gay – was arrested in a park in London in the early hours of the morning in March 2004.
Now, the House of Cards star has admitted that he has loved and had romantic relationships with both men and women and ‘chooses to live life as a gay man.’
And much like Spacey, the character Frank Underwood on Netflix’s hit political show also kept his sexuality hidden away, having trysts with both men and women throughout the series in secret.
At the time of the interview, Fowler described his brother as an ’empty vessel’ who had never had a real relationship with anyone other than his mother.
He said: ‘Neither of us had a chance growing up with two such damaged parents. I went through three marriages and 40 affairs.’
Their father, Thomas Geoffrey Fowler, joined the American Nazi Party when Spacey and his brother were just boys. He trimmed his mustache to resemble Adolf Hitler and he regularly whipped and raped his eldest son, Randall Fowler.
Their elder sister, Julie, also endured beatings at her father’s hands and ran away when she was 18 years old.
In his harrowing account Fowler recalled: ‘There was so much darkness in our home it was beyond belief. It was absolutely miserable.’
He said: ‘Kevin tried to avoid what was going on by wrapping himself in an emotional bubble. He became very sly and smart.
‘He was so determined to try to avoid the whippings that he just minded his Ps and Qs until there was nothing inside. He had no feelings.’
Fowler spoke of a rootless childhood during which their father forced his family to move 10 times – from Colorado where he was born in 1956, to New Jersey where Spacey was born three years later and finally to Los Angeles. Wherever they were, he and his siblings were ‘trapped’ he said.
Friends were not permitted in the Fowler household for fear that they would see the walls of Thomas Geoffrey Fowler’s office, lined with pictures of naked men and women and pornography, according to Fowler.
Fowler joined the Scouts but his white supremacist father made him quit when he discovered that the scoutmaster was Jewish, Fowler said. Spacey was never allowed to join.