UK prosecutors clear charges against Kevin Spacey for sexual assault

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The Crown Prosecution Service has corrected an earlier statement to clarify that Kevin Spacey has yet to be charged with various counts of sexual assault. Instead, the CPS cleared the charges against Spacey, which a spokesperson said can only be enforced after the actor is arrested in England or Wales.

British prosecutors cleared charges against actor Kevin Spacey on Thursday, with multiple counts of sexual assault stemming from incidents that allegedly took place in London and Gloucestershire between March 2005 and April 2013.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crimes Division, said in a press release that the CPS had cleared criminal charges for four counts of sexual assault against three men, along with another count of ” inducement of a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity”. without consent. The charges against Spacey, 62, follow an investigation by the Metropolitan Police. Spacey cannot be formally charged until after his arrest in England or Wales. A CPS spokesperson did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment on the actor’s extradition.

Spacey was first accused of sexual misconduct in October 2017 by actor Anthony Rapp, who told BuzzFeed News that Spacey made a sexual advance on her at a party in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. After the article was published, Spacey released a statement on social media saying that he did not remember the encounter, but that “if I then behaved like [Rapp] described, I owe him the most sincere apologies for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.

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In the same statement, Spacey said the article inspired him to come out publicly as gay.

More than a dozen others came forward with allegations against Spacey after Rapp, some of which resulted in lawsuits. Prosecutors in Los Angeles and London launched investigations in late 2018, although the Los Angeles case did not advance because the alleged incident was not within the statute of limitations. Shortly after, Spacey was charged in Massachusetts with one count of indecent assault and assault on an 18-year-old man in Nantucket. He pleaded not guilty in January 2019, six months before prosecutors dropped the case “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness.”

A lawsuit filed against Spacey in early 2018 by a massage therapist accusing him of sexual assault was also dropped in December 2019 following the death of the therapist.

Spacey, who won Oscars for his performances in ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘American Beauty,’ starred as ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ when allegations against him surfaced for the first time. Netflix suspended production immediately after the BuzzFeed News article and pulled him from the show a few days later. The sixth and final season did not feature Spacey at all.

The actor was also dropped from Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’ in November 2017 – just a month before its scheduled theatrical release – and replaced in reshoots by Christopher Plummer.

Spacey hasn’t appeared in any releases since, other than bizarre YouTube videos he posted every Christmas Eve from 2018 to 2020 (in which he sometimes speaks as Underwood). But he plays in two projects whose distribution rights are on sale at the current Cannes Film Festival: “Peter Five Eight” by Michael Zaiko Hall and “Gateway to the West” by Péter Soós. According to the Internet Movie Database, he also has two more movies in the works.

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