London: Kevin Spacey strongly denies the charges of sex crimes, his lawyer said Thursday as the Oscar-winning actor first appeared before a British court to be charged with nearly 20 years of receding charges.
Spacey is charged with five offenses in Britain – four counts of assault by touch, and a more serious charge of causing a person to engage in invasive sexual activity without consent. Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man into oral sex.
Wearing glasses and a light blue suit, Spacey was met by a mass of media when he arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, where guards were forced to force their way through TV crews and photographers.
Inside, he spoke only to confirm his name as Kevin Spacey Fowler and his London address when he appeared in the dock. Spacey showed little emotion during the brief hearing.
“Mr. Spacey strongly denies any crime in this case,” attorney Patrick Gibbs told the court. He said that three years ago in the United States, the actor answered all allegations and cooperated fully with the investigation.
“He has to answer these allegations if he wants to move on with his life,” Gibbs said. “He has always denied that there was any criminality in these allegations.”
If found guilty of assault, he faces up to six months in prison or an unlimited fine, while the other offense carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Spacey, who the prosecutor and judge initially referred to as “Mr Fowler”, will then appear before the Southwark Crown Court in London on 14 July.
He was given unconditional bail, with Gibbs saying he had to leave Britain for work and because his family was in the United States, including his 9-year-old dog.