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Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault

2022-05-26T16:54:09.862Z

Police investigations are said to have brought evidence to light: actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault in the UK. Three men are said to have been affected in four cases.



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Kevin Spacey (June 2019): UK indictment

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US actor Kevin Spacey has been charged in the UK with sexually assaulting three men.

This was announced by the law enforcement agency Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The Oscar winner is accused of four counts of sexual assault, said Rosemary Ainslie, head of the responsible department.

In one case, Spacey allegedly coerced a person into "penetrative sexual activity" without their consent.

The incidents are said to have happened between March 2005 and August 2008 in London and in April 2013 in the west of England.

Four and a half years ago it became known that at least 20 men had accused Spacey of "inappropriate behavior" at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Spacey was the theater's artistic director from 2004 to 2015.

Roberto Cavazos, an actor who worked at the Old Vic, said in 2017 that he had encounters with the Hollywood star at the time "that bordered on what you might call harassment."

Spacey had denied allegations in the past.

First, actor Anthony Rapp said he was bullied by Spacey when he was a minor in the 1980s.

The legal battle continues.

In another case, investigations into the 2019 Oscar winner were dropped and a civil lawsuit was withdrawn.

Spacey's career has come to a standstill since the allegations became known in autumn 2017.

Most recently, he had enormous success with the Netflix series »House of Cards«.

In it, Spacey played the leading role of the unscrupulous US politician Frank Underwood for five seasons.

Spacey has also been accused of sexual harassment by crew members on the series, which he also served as an executive producer.

"House of Cards" was shot to the end without him.

In November 2021, court documents showed that Spacey had to pay the Netflix series' production company around $31 million for breach of contract.

The previous summer he had started filming a new film.

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Source: spiegel

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