Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault in UK

Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault in UK

Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of “inciting a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent”.

The decision was unveiled today by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which spent more than a year looking into a case referred to them by the Metropolitan Police.

“The CPS has authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, on four counts of sexual assault against three men,” said Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS’s Special Crimes Division.

“He was also charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent. The charges follow a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in their investigation.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”

At least some of the charges are believed to stem from Spacey’s time at the Old Vic theater in London, where he served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015. Following a cascade of sexual assault allegations against the actor in the States United, the theater embarked on an internal investigation which the BBC said resulted in 20 victims who claimed it had behaved inappropriately towards them.

The charges announced today are still the latest in a series of both civil and criminal legal battles that Spacey has been waging since the sexual assault and misconduct allegations first came to light publicly in 2017 by the ‘Rent’ and ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ actor Anthony. Report. Rapp told Buzzfeed News that when he was 14, Spacey made a nonconsensual sexual advance on him at a party.

Spacey, who has denied Rapp’s claims, is still embroiled in a civil suit over the allegations after Rapp sued him in New York for sexual abuse. Last month, Spacey reportedly filed a document asking that the case be dismissed. Rapp’s co-plaintiff, known only as CD, who also claimed Spacey abused him as a teenager, was dropped from the trial last June after he refused to reveal his identity in court.

In 2018, a criminal charge against Spacey was dropped in Massachusetts after the alleged victim refused to testify and also withdrew a civil suit. Spacey pleaded not guilty before the criminal case was dropped. The same year, he escaped a potential criminal charge in Los Angeles after prosecutors said the alleged incident was barred under California’s statute of limitations.

And in 2019, a civil suit against the actor alleging sexual assault was also dismissed after the plaintiff died. The death also meant Spacey avoided criminal charges, according to the Los Angeles Times, after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told the newspaper it would not pursue the case.

Spacey also continues to battle a $31 million arbitration claim related to his stint on “House of Cards.” Spacey was fired from Netflix’s former flagship show following Rapp’s allegations. In 2020, MRC, which produced the show, won an arbitration ruling that found the actor owed them $31 million in lost profits following Spacey’s withdrawal from the show. (Variety‘s, Penske Media, has a joint venture with Media Rights Capital called PMRC).

In January of this year, Spacey attempted to block the arbitration award by filing a request in civil court for a judge to overturn the arbitration award.

It is unclear whether Spacey will submit to authorities in London following the charges. His whereabouts in recent years have been somewhat mysterious, although in 2019 he was formally questioned as a suspect by the Metropolitan Police in the United States, according to the Daily Mail. And in August 2019, he unexpectedly showed up to give a poetry reading at a museum in Rome. Two years later, he was cast in his first project since being fired from “House of Cards,” a supporting role in Italian director Franco’s “L’umo Che Disegno Dio” (The Man Who Drawn God). Nero.

Earlier this month, Spacey appeared to be attempting a comeback after two films starring the actor were shopped at Cannes: ‘Peter Five Eight’ and ‘Gateway To The West’. It is likely that any return will now be on hold as he looks to his latest legal battle.

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