Kevin Spacey was brought up by a Nazi father who raped his brother and brutalised his family badly. Now, as the Oscar-winning actor faces allegations of trying to seduce 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 levelled at his brother as "disturbing", as he acknowledged he had been made aware of them in the early hours of Monday morning.
But, according to Fowler, along with older sister Julie, he and the notoriously secretive star shared a brutal upbringing in a "house of horrors" dominated by their ultra right wing, perverted sadist of a father. 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.”
Their father, Thomas Geoffrey Fowler, joined the American Nazi Party when Spacey and his brother were just boys. He trimmed his moustache to resemble Adolf Hitler and he regularly whipped and raped his eldest son, Randall Fowler. As a boy Spacey tried to placate his father while Fowler took the brunt of their father's sadistic abuse. Their elder sister, Julie, also endured beatings at her father's hands and ran away when she was 18 years old.
When Fowler was 12 years old, his father summoned him to his bedroom and said he was going to teach him about the birds and the bees. Fowler said: "He unbuttoned my pants and started playing with me." Horrified he yelled for his mother. Fowler said: "She came right up and pounded on the door but Dad had locked it and he told me to keep quiet. All of a sudden the pounding stopped. Mom had left. I'd never felt so abandoned. Dad started to perform a sex act on me. That was the beginning of my adolescence.”
The only thing that kept Fowler from ending his life - although he once went as far as putting the barrel of a gun in his mouth - was the realisation that without him, there would be nobody there to protect his younger brother. But he can’t protect his brother from facing two allegations of sexual assault now.