Three years after dropping charges in his country, American actor Kevin Spacey, in the United Kingdom, charged four sexual assaults with men, during a time he was artistic director of a London theater.
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Thursday’s announcement from CPS, Britain’s attorney general’s office, gives new echoes to the accusations that have emerged since the Weinstein scandal, which brought a star’s career to a standstill. house of paper.
“The prosecution has authorized criminal charges to be brought against Kevin Spacey, 62, on four counts of sexual assault against three men,” Rosemary Ainsley, chief of the public prosecution’s special crimes division, said in a statement.
“He has also been charged with making someone engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent,” she added, adding that the charges “come after a review of evidence collected by the Metropolitan Police in his investigation.”
The alleged facts cover a period from March 2005 to April 2013.
Two counts of sexual assault in March 2005 in London relate to the same plaintiff. Another sexual assault concerns a second complainant in August 2008, who also accuses him of forcing him to have intercourse without his consent.
Finally, Kevin Spacey was charged with a fourth sexual assault of a third prosecutor in April 2013 in Gloucestershire (southwest of England).
London police had opened an investigation after receiving complaints of sexual assault against the actor, some of which were allegedly committed in the Lambeth district of London, where the Old Vic Theatre is located, of which he was artistic director between 2004 and 2015.
Scotland Yard had opened an investigation after receiving complaints of sexual assault against the actor, some of which were allegedly committed in the Lambeth district of London, where the Old Vic Theatre is located, of which he was artistic director between 2004 and 2015.
‘alleged inappropriate behaviour’
The accusations came on the heels of the Weinstein scandal, named after the American film producer who has been targeted by numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault, revealed in the fall of 2017 by The New York Times and the New Yorker.
The Old Vic Theater then commissioned an internal investigation, conducted by a law firm, into the conduct of its former artistic director. In total, “20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behavior by Kevin Spacey” were collected.
The actor has also been the subject of investigations in the United States.
Most of the charges against him in the United States and England involve men, often young or even teenagers.
In the US, the actor was charged with indecent assault and sexual assault in Massachusetts (East Coast) but the charges were dropped in July 2019. He was accused, in July 2016, of getting his hands on the penis of an 18-year-old working in a bar after making him drink .
This wave of accusations had dire consequences for the career and reputation of the American actor who won two Oscars (for “American Beauty” and “The Usual Suspects”).
He’s been relegated by Netflix from the series house of paper in which 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 paper.
MRC, the production company behind this successful series about political intrigue in Washington, was seeking compensation for lost profits attributed to the actor’s exit from the series after accusations against him of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
On Thursday, Britain’s attorney general’s office reminded “all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Spacey are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial”.
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