Kevin Spacey charged with sexually assaulting three men in the UK

Four offenses are said to have happened in London, while another reportedly took place in Gloucestershire.

Portrait of Kevin Spacey who has been charged with crimes in the UK.
Image: Wikimedia Commons

Police in London have charged disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with sexually assaulting three men in the UK. Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced the news on Thursday, May 26, following an investigation by authorities in the English capital.

This is the first time that Kevin Spacey has been charged in the UK, with four of the alleged offenses having happened in London, and one having happened in Gloucestershire. According to the Metropolitan Police, the events occurred between March 2005 and April 2013.

“The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey (62) for four counts of sexual assault against three men,” Head of the CPS Special Crime Division Rosemary Ainslie stated.

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

Spacey was first accused publicly of sexual misconduct in 2017. In November of the same year, London’s Old Vic theatre reportedly received 20 separate allegations from 20 different men who claimed that the Academy Award-winning actor had acted inappropriately with them between 1995 and 2013.

It was in this venue that the Hollywood star served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015, and Roberto Cavazos, an actor who worked in the Old Vic, said in 2017 that he had had encounters with Spacey “that verged on what you could call harassment”.

In the US, actor Anthony Rapp is suing the 62-year-old and accusing him of sexual assault and battery which occurred in the ‘80s when the victim was around 14-years-old. Others have claimed to have been victims of Spacey, but last year, a judge in Manhattan dismissed a case after the plaintiff refused to reveal his identity publicly, and in 2019, Massachusetts prosecutors similarly dropped a case after the alleged victim refused to testify.

Kevin Spacey has previously denied all accusations of misconduct.

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