LONDON. — Hollywood star Kevin Spacey was yesterday charged with a string of sexual offences in Britain over eight years while he ran one of London’s most historic theatres.
The star, 62, is being prosecuted for four counts of sexual assault against three men between 2005 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire, after a probe was launched by the Met Police in 2017.
The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday revealed one man, now in his 40s, claims he was sexually assaulted twice in March 2005. A second man, now in his 30s, claims that in August 2008 he was sexually assaulted and then forced to engage in a sex act against his will.
All these alleged incidents took place in London. Finally, the third complainant, now in his 30s, said he was sexually assaulted in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.
No court date has been set. The CPS said it could not confirm or deny whether or not Spacey will need to be extradited to the UK.
Spacey, the star of some of Hollywood’s biggest hits of the past three decades as well as TV shows such as House of Cards, was artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London between 2004 and 2015.
He has won two Oscars.
The first was in 1995 for Best Supporting Actor in The Usual Suspects for his role as gangster Keyser Söze.
In 1999, he took the Best Actor gong for his role in American Beauty, where he played Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter’s best friend.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said today:
“The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.
“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. The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”
Spacey is a two-time Oscar winner and known for starring roles in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards.
He came out as gay in 2017.
The actor, 62, was interviewed under caution by the Metropolitan Police’s Complex Case Team in America back in 2019.
They passed a file to the CPS last year. Mr Spacey did not attend the Cannes Film Festival last week.
But he is one of the stars of a micro-budgeted film called Peter Five Eight — in which Spacey plays a villain.
Spacey, has denied all allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
He is understood to be living in London, close to the Thames, although it was reported recently he also spends time in Florida and Los Angeles in the British winter or while filming.
l The charges
◆ Sexual assault (Count 1) on a man, who is now in his 40s, in March 2005 in London;
◆ Sexual assault (Count 2) on a man, who is in now in his 40s [the same complainant as count 1] in March 2005 in London;
◆ Sexual assault (Count 3) on a man, who is now in his 30s, in August 2008 in London;
◆ Sexual assault (Count 4) on another man, who is now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire. — BBC .