Kevin Spacey has today been accused of seven more offenses in the UK on top of five he already faced while he was artistic director of London’s Old Vic theater. The Hollywood star and Oscar winner, 63, who starred in the Netflix series House of Cards and films American Beauty and The Usual Suspects, will be charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with several sexual assaults against one man between 2001 and 2004. The charges include three counts of indecent assaults, three counts of sexual assaults, and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent- all on the same alleged victim.
In July he was in the Old Bailey to face four charges of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Spacey denied the alleged offenses. He is now expected to face a three to four-week trial from June 6 next year,
Meanwhile, Spacey was stripped of an Emmy Award, while his character Frank Underwood in the critically-acclaimed Netflix show House of Cards was axed once the claims came to light.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard in June Spacey went through four days of interviewing in New York and promised that if he were charged he would come to Britain to answer them. Patrick Gibbs QC, defending, told the court Spacey ‘strenuously denies the allegations and had returned ‘voluntarily’ to the UK, where he has an address in Waterloo, South London. Mr. Gibbs said Spacey had returned to the UK ‘to establish his innocence and ‘proceed with his life. The Crown Prosecution Service authorized the charges against him in May, but Spacey could only be formally charged once he had traveled to the UK last month. Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, previously said he would travel to the UK to face the charges, which he is expected to deny.
In a statement released to Good Morning America after the CPS announcement, he said: ‘While I am disappointed with their decision to move forward, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence.’
Written by Florah Wanjiku.