Three years after the charges against him were dropped in his country, American actor Kevin Spacey was charged in the UK with four counts of sexually assaulting men during his time as art director of the London Theater.
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Thursday’s announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the British prosecutor’s office, echoes the allegations leveled at Weinstein over the scandal, which brought a blow to the life of the “House of Cards” star.
“The CPS has acknowledged the criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, on four counts of sexual assault against three men,” Rosemary Einsley, CPS’s special crime chief, said in a statement.
“He has been charged with engaging in intrusive sexual activity without the consent of a person,” he added, adding that the allegations “follow the review of evidence collected by the Metropolitan Police during his investigation.
The alleged facts cover the period from March 2005 to April 2013.
Two charges of sexual harassment against the same complainant in London in March 2005. Another sexual assault case was filed against a second complainant in August 2008, who also accused him of forcing her into intrusive sexual activity without his permission.
Finally, Kevin Spacey was the fourth victim of a third sexual assault in April 2013 in Gloucestershire (southwest England).
London police said the names of the complainants had not been made public and that they were currently in their 30s and 40s.
Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against an actor in London’s Lambeth district, where the Old Wick Theater is located, where he was art director between 2004 and 2015.
The allegations come in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, which was named in the fall of 2017 by an American filmmaker targeted by the New York Times and the New Yorker for numerous harassment and sexual harassment allegations.
Old Wick Theater commissioned an internal investigation into the conduct of its former art director by a law firm. In total, “20 personal testimonies of Kevin Spacey’s inappropriate behavior” were collected.
The actor is also under investigation in the United States.
Most of the allegations against him in the US and UK are about men, mostly teenagers or 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. In July 2016, he was accused of having his hands on his penis. An 18-year-old man worked at a bar after making him drink.
The wave of these accusations had serious repercussions on the career and reputation of the two Oscar-winning American actors (“American Beauty” and “regular suspects”).
He stepped down from the “House of Cards” series starring Netflix via Netflix.
Mr. Spacey was 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 “House of Cards” series.
MRC, the production company behind the successful series on political intrigue in Washington, has demanded compensation for lost income due to the actor’s withdrawal from the series after allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.
The British Attorney’s Office on Thursday “reminded all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are ongoing and that he deserves a fair trial.”
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