Kevin Spacey was charged with four sexual assaults

Three years after abandoning cases against him in his country, American actor Kevin Spacey has been charged in the United Kingdom with four sexual assaults on men, during which time he was artistic director of a theater in London.

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The announcement on Thursday from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Britain’s prosecutor’s office, gives new rumors to the accusations that have emerged since the Weinstein scandal, which halted the star’s career. House of cards.

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

“He was also charged with causing a person to engage in sharp sexual activity without their consent,” he added, adding that these charges were “following an analysis of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in his investigation.

The alleged facts cover a period from March 2005 to April 2013.

Two charges relate to sexual assault acts in March 2005 in London on the same plaintiff. Another sexual assault involved the second complainant in August 2008, who also accused him of forcing her into sharp sexual activity without her consent.

Finally, Kevin Spacey was charged with a fourth sexual assault on the third plaintiff in April 2013 in Gloucestershire (south-west England).

London police have opened an investigation after receiving complaints of sexual assault against the actor, some of which are said to have taken place in London’s Lambeth district, where the Old Vic theater is located, where he was artistic director between 2004 at 2015.

Scotland Yard has opened an investigation after receiving complaints of sexual assault against the actor, some of which were allegedly committed in London’s Lambeth district, where the Old Vic theater is located, where he was artistic director between 2004 at 2015.

“Alleged inappropriate behavior”

These accusations were made after the Weinstein scandal, named after the American film producer who has been targeted by multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault, announced in the fall of 2017 by New York Times and the New Yorker.

The Old Vic theater then ordered an internal investigation, conducted by a law firm, into the behavior of its former artistic director. In total, “20 personal testimonies of Kevin Spacey’s alleged inappropriate behavior” were collected.

The actor has also been the subject of investigations in the United States.

Most of the allegations against him in the United States and England involve men, usually young people or even teenagers.

In the United States, the actor was charged with indecent assault and sexual assault in the state of Massachusetts (east coast) but the charges were dropped in July 2019. He was accused of having, in July 2016, got his hands on the genitals of an 18-year-old young man working in a bar, after giving him a drink.

The wave of accusations has serious consequences on the career and reputation of the American actor who won two Oscars (for “American beauty” and “Usual suspects”).

Netflix got him out of the series House of cards where he played the main character.

Mr. Spacey was also replaced by Canadian actor Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s detective film, All the money in the world.

In November 2021, the actor was ordered to pay $ 31 million to the company that produced the series House of cards.

MRC, the production company behind this hit series about political intrigue in Washington, is seeking damages for lost profits associated with the actor’s departure from this series after accusations against him of sexual harassment. and abuse.

The British public prosecutor’s office reminded on Thursday “all those concerned that the criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”

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