Kevin Spacey Charged With Four Counts of Sexual Assault in U.K.

British prosecutors have charged actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual assault and one count of “tricking a person into engaging in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” Crown prosecutors said on Thursday.

“The CPS has cleared criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for sexually assaulting three men on four counts,” Rosemary Ainslie, chief of the CPS Special Crime Division, said in a news release.

“He was also accused of tricking a person into engaging in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The charges follow a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in their investigation. The prosecution reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings are pending against Mr. Spacey and that he has the right to a fair trial.”

Spacey has long been under investigation by British authorities after the actor was accused of sexual assault during his tenure at the Old Vic Theater in London. Two of the charges stem from an incident in London in March 2005, while two others – including the charge of “penetrative sexual activity without consent” – are linked to an incident in London in August 2008. The fifth charge relates to an April 2013 complaint in Gloucestershire. (A representative for Spacey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

In addition to the new criminal charges, Spacey – who was attempting to stage a comeback in Cannes – is currently facing a lawsuit from Anthony Rapp, who became the first person to publicly accuse the actor of sexual misconduct in 2017. Rapp first sued Spacey in September 2020, alleging that Spacey assaulted him in a Manhattan apartment after befriending him when they were both working on Broadway. Rapp claimed a visibly intoxicated Spacey picked him up, laid him on a bed, climbed on top of him and made sexual advances before Rapp could escape. Spacey denies the allegations.

Spacey also faced some other legal action, although not many came to fruition. In 2019, he pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and assault, which stemmed from an incident in 2016 in which he allegedly put his hand down an 18-year-old man’s pants and grabbed his genitals. However, those charges were dropped after the alleged victim denied a civil suit. Another lawsuit, filed by a John Doe, was stayed after the alleged victim’s death in September 2019.

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Sarah Ridley

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