Kevin Spacey: Accused of sexual assault, actor pleads not guilty in London court

US actor Kevin Spacey, who was tried in the UK for “four counts of sexual assault of three men”, between 2005 and 2013, appeared on Thursday 14 July in a London court. The actor pleaded not guilty.

Determined to prove his innocence. Compare the former star of the series “House of Paper” Thursday, July 14, for the second time in front of him Court in Southwark, London, charged with “four counts of sexual assault of three men”, between 2005 and 2013. The Oscar-winning actor again pleaded not guilty, as in his first appearance.

The attorney general said on June 16 that the actor had “fully cooperated” with the investigation, but had requested his conditional release with a commitment to remain in London. His attorney, Patrick Gibbs, argued that the actor wanted to “pursue his life” and that “all of his business is in the United States”, where he owns a “nine-year-old dog”.

This second hearing prolongs what should be a long legal battle.

Avoid extradition

The voluntary appearance of the actor saved him from extradition. When the trial was announced, US actor Kevin Spacey said he intended to appear in a UK court to defend himself and “prove his innocence”. The Guardian reported that US police could be sent to find the actor to arrest him on behalf of the UK authorities.

“I very much appreciate the CPS statement, which carefully reminded the media and the public that I have a right to a fair trial, and that I am innocent until proven guilty,” said the star of the “House of” series. The cards, which Netflix has relegated after the first (from a long list) sexual assault accusations are weighing him down.

A few days ago, the UK Attorney General’s Office announced that it had “authorized criminal proceedings against Kevin Spacey, 62, on four counts of sexual assault against three men”, over the period from March 2005 to April 2013, at a time when the 1996 Oscar-winning actor for The movie “Usual Suspects” and in the 2000 movie “American Beauty” he was the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London.

“Although I am disappointed with this decision, I will voluntarily report to the UK as soon as possible and defend myself against these accusations, and I am certain to prove my innocence,” the actor added in a statement sent to ABC this morning. Show, Good Morning America.

Two counts of sexual assault in March 2005 in London relate to the same plaintiff. and another sexual assault involving a second complainant in August 2008, who also engaged in penetrative sexual activity without his consent. Kevin Spacey is accused of the fourth sexual assault of a third plaintiff in April 2013 in Gloucestershire (southwest of England).

Investigation opened in 2017

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.

The charges were brought in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein case. The Old Vic Theater had commissioned an internal investigation, led 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 was also the subject of lawsuits in the United States, but these were dropped.

CNN’s website reported at the time of the first accusations that eight employees of the flagship Netflix series “House of Cards,” which Spacey starred in, described the working atmosphere in the building as “toxic.” plateaus due to the “predatory” behavior of the actor. A former employee of the show, also announced that he was sexually assaulted by Spacey during one of the first seasons.

Netflix and Media Rights Capital first announced the suspension of production for the series, then the full filming of the sixth season, and then the actor was permanently fired.

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