Kevin Spacey 'strenuously denies' sex assault charges in London court

Kevin Spacey arrives at the Westminster Magistrates Court in London on June 16, 2022. © David Cliff, AP

Kevin Spacey "vehemently denies" sexual assault allegations, his attorney stated on Thursday, as the Oscar-winning actor appeared in a London court to face five counts of misconduct against three men.

Photographers and television camera crews surrounded Spacey, 62, as he arrived for the preliminary hearing at the Westminster Magistrates Court in London.

During the half-hour hearing, Spacey sat in the glass-fronted dock and stood to provide his full name, Kevin Spacey Fowler, as well as his date of birth and London address.

He was not required to make a plea, but his attorney, Patrick Gibbs, stated, "Mr. Spacey vehemently denies any criminality in this case."

The Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram granted Spacey bail pending his next appearance, a planned plea hearing on July 14.

The former "House of Cards" star is charged with four charges of sexual assault and one count of inducing a person to engage in non-consensual sexual penetration.

The claimed incidents occurred between March 2005 and August 2008 in London and one in April 2013 in western England. The victims are now between the ages of 30 and 40.

Spacey stated in a statement released last month that he would come to Britain to face the charges and was confident that he would "prove his innocence."

In 2019, British police questioned Spacey on allegations made by multiple individuals that he abused them. Between 2004 to 2015, the two-time Academy Award winner directed London's Old Vic Theatre.

Spacey won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for the 1995 film "The Usual Suspects" and best actor for the 1999 film "American Beauty."

In 2017, however, actor Anthony Rapp accused him of attacking him at a party in the 1980s, when Rapp was a teenager. As a result, the actor's illustrious career abruptly ended. The actor disputes the charges.

Publish : 2022-06-16 19:23:00

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