US actor Kevin Spacey faces seven new sex offence charges in UK

The new charges against the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor come months after he pleaded not guilty to four others.

US actor Kevin Spacey smiles at an event
Spacey's Hollywood acting career ended five years ago [File: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Reuters]

Prosecutors in London have approved seven new sexual offence charges against the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Wednesday that the House of Cards and American Beauty star has been charged over “a number of sexual assaults against one man between 2001 and 2004”.

It also authorised “one charge of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent” against the 63-year-old actor, who lives in the United States.

The CPS, which is responsible for bringing prosecutions in England and Wales, said the seven new charges refer to alleged crimes committed before and after 2003, when new legislation on sexual offences came into force.

This means Spacey is now facing a total of 11 charges of sexual assault in Britain.

Previous charges

Spacey in July pleaded not guilty at London’s Old Bailey court to four charges of sexual assault against three men between 2005 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire in western England.

None of the alleged victims can be identified under English law. Reporting restrictions prevent further details from being disclosed before trial.

Spacey voluntarily appeared at a London court when the first charges were brought and said he would defend himself against the charges.

Those allegations referred to a period when he was the artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre, between 2004 and 2015.

A New York court last month dismissed a $40m sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against Spacey by an actor, Anthony Rapp, who claimed the Hollywood star targeted him when he was 14.

A judge had ruled that Rapp had brought the case too late for a criminal charge.

Spacey’s Hollywood acting career ended five years ago when Rapp’s allegations emerged and he was dropped from the final season of House of Cards and other upcoming projects.

Allegations against him emerged in the wake of the #MeToo movement that saw numerous claims of sexual assault and harassment in the movie industry.

He has always denied allegations of sexual abuse.

In 2019, charges against the actor of indecent assault and sexual assault were dropped in Massachusetts.

Source: AFP