The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which announced the charges against Kevin Spacey, an American actor, on Thursday, May 26, said that Spacey was charged with four counts of sexual assaults against three males.
Rosemary Ainslie from the CPS's Special Crimes Division stated that Kevin Spacey (62), has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on three men. Rosemary Ainslie added that Kevin Spacey was also charged with "causing a person in penetrative sex activity without their consent". These charges "follow a review by the Metropolitan Police during their investigation." ".
This announcement adds to the growing list of accusations against Weinstein, who caused the end of the career of "Usual Suspects", and "House of Cards" star.
These alleged facts span a time period of March 2005 through April 2013.
Two separate charges are related to the same victim's March 2005 sexual assault in London. A second accusation of sexual assault is made against Kevin Spacey in August 2008. He also claims that he forced him to engage in sexual activity. Kevin Spacey was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault against a third victim in April 2013, in Gloucestershire (southwest England).
After receiving complaints about sexual assaults against the actor, the London police opened an investigation. Some of the alleged attacks were committed in London's Lambeth district, where the Old Vic theatre is located. He was the artistic director of the Old Vic from 2004 to 2015.
These allegations were made following the Weinstein scandal. The Weinstein scandal was named after an American film producer. It was revealed by the "New York Times", and the "New Yorker" in fall 2017.
An internal investigation was ordered by the Old Vic theater to investigate the conduct of its former artistic chief. There were "20 personal testimony of Kevin Spacey's alleged inappropriate behavior."
The actor was originally charged in the United States with indecent assault and sex assault in Massachusetts (east coast). However, the charges were dropped in July 2019. In July 2016, he was charged with having gotten his hands on the penis and sex of an 18-year old man who had been drinking in a bar.
The accusations have had serious consequences on the reputation and career of the Oscar-winning American actor. He was landed by Netflix as a character in the Netflix series "House of Cards". In Ridley Scott’s detective film "All the Money in the World", Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer, a Canadian actor.
The actor was ordered to make $31 million payment to the company that produced "House of Cards" in November 2021. MRC, the production house behind the hit series about Washington political intrigue, was seeking damages for the actor's loss of earnings due to his exit from the series. This followed allegations against him of sexual harassment.
Thursday was a reminder by the British public prosecutor that Mr. Spacey's criminal proceedings are still active and that he has the right to a fair trial.