Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexually assaulting three men in the U.K. from 2005 to 2013, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Thursday.
Spacey, 62, “has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation,” Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said in a statement.
The statement also said two of the alleged assaults happened in March 2005 in London against one. person.
Another alleged assault took place in London in August 2008. The alleged sexual activity happened without consent, also in August 2008 was reported by the same alleged victim.
The alleged sexual assault was reported to have happened in April 2013 in Gloucestershire, a county around 100 miles west of London.
While the alleged victim of the 2005 incidents is now in his 40s, the two men allegedly involved in the 2008 and 2013 incidents are now in their 30s, said London’s Metropolitan Police.
The police force said Spacey was charged based on the decision which “follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police Service in its investigation.”
Spacey’s acting career was wrecked by sexual assault and misconduct claims starting in October 2017. Actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him at a party when he was still underage.
Spacey said in a statement posted on social media at the time: “I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I’m beyond horrified to hear this story. I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.”
Several weeks that followed, and Spacey was accused of misconduct by several other people. In November 2017, due to the allegations he was fired from his starring role in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” a role for which he won a Golden Globe. Later he w3as ordered to pay almost $31 million (£23m) to the production company MRC (Media Rights Capital) after he “violated their sexual harassment policy”.
Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by at least 20 people while he served as artistic director at the Old Vic Theatre in London from 1995 to 2013. The allegations were made in an anonymous investigation conducted by an outside law firm following the November 2017 allegations elsewhere.
Spacey has won two Academy Awards for his roles in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty,” and from 2003 to 2015 he was artistic director of London’s Old Vic theater.