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HIV Activist had Creepy Encounter with Spacey

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HIV Activist Mark Ebenhoch,  a Marine vet and film consultant came up against Stacey on the set of Outbreak.

Mark Ebenhoch, a military adviser on the 1995 film Outbreak, claimed to BuzzFeed that he was invited to Spacey's trailer by one of the actor's assistants. This invitation, he alleged, included a sexual proposition.

“They asked flat out to engage in a sexual act. It was enough to stun me. It blew me away,” he said. Ebenhoch, who was closeted and 35 at the time, pretended disgust for fear he would be outed on set. “As a military adviser the last thing you’d want anyone to know is that you were gay,” Ebenhoch said.

Spacey was on set playing Lt. Col. Casey Schuler alongside the film’s star, Dustin Hoffman. Spacey had a group of young, male assistants who would hang out in his trailer, whom some on set referred to as his “harem,” according to Ebenhoch.

With about four weeks left of filming, Ebenhoch told BuzzFeed News, one of Spacey’s assistants approached him “out of the complete blue” one day after the crew’s lunch break, asking Ebenhoch come back to Spacey’s trailer, just 40 feet away. “They asked flat out to engage in a sexual act. It was enough to stun me. It blew me away,” he said. Ebenhoch did not remember the exact words the assistant used, but recalled the offer was "more than just ‘He’d like to meet you or get to know you.’" Ebenhoch, who is now openly gay, immediately turned down the offer and feigned disgust, primarily out of fear of others on set learning his sexual orientation. (A representative for Warner Bros., the studio that released Outbreak, had no comment.)

After the interaction, Ebenhoch avoided Spacey at all costs for the remainder of the shoot, he said.


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