Actor Kevin Spacey appears in London court on sexual assault charge

LONDON — Kevin Spacey appeared in a London court on Thursday, days after The Metropolitan Police formally charged the actor with four charges of sexual assault against three men and one charge of causing a person to engage in invasive sexual activity without consent.

Spacey arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London around 10am on Thursday morning and was greeted by a crowd of photographers and members of the media as he entered the building.

Spacey did not comment to the media on his way to court and the proceedings are not public.

The Metropolitan Police formally charged Spacey, 62, on Monday.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service had cleared the charges against the Academy Award-winning actor in May, saying they stemmed from alleged incidents in London and Gloucestershire over a period of about eight years.

Actor Kevin Spacey leaves court after testifying in a civil lawsuit, Thursday, May 26, 2022, in New York.

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Prosecutors set out four assault charges in May linked to two alleged assaults on the same man in March 2005 and two alleged assaults on separate men in August 2008 and April 2013. The latest charges related to an alleged incident in August 2008 against the same man who allegedly assaulted Spacey that same month, prosecutors said.

“The CPS has also cleared one charge of inciting invasive sexual activity without consent,” Rosemary Ainslie, chief of the Special Crime Division, said in a statement at the time. “The authority to press charges follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”

Prosecutors said it was “extremely important” that there be “no reporting, commenting or sharing of information online that could harm this proceeding in any way”.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that Mr Spacey is under criminal law and that he has the right to a fair trial,” Ainslie said in a statement.

Spacey, who was artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London from 2004 to 2015, told Good Morning America in late May that he would appear “voluntarily” in court in London.

“I very much appreciate the statement from the Crown Prosecution Service, in which they are carefully reminding the media and the public that I have a right to a fair trial and am innocent until proven guilty,” Spacey told GMA in May. “. “While I am disappointed with their decision to proceed, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as possible and defend myself against these charges, which I am sure will prove my innocence.”

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