Looking calm and confident, the 62-year-old Hollywood star voluntarily appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court to face charges he denies.
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Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London. — Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Prosecutor’s Office acknowledged its “full cooperation” in the investigation, but asked him to hand over his passport and sleep at his residence in London until the next hearingwhich the judge marked for July 14th at Southwark Crown Court in South London.
The magistrate took into account that the actor voluntarily appeared in court and did not impose any precautionary measure.
“He must answer these charges if he wants to move on with his life,” his lawyer argued. “Where are you going to hide? He lives in the United States and can be extradited. His family, his nine-year-old dog are in the United States,” he insisted.
“His job requires him to go to meetings, attend castings, meet with directors and screenwriters,” he defended, declaring himself convinced that Spacey “will continue to appear” in British justice.
Two-time Oscar winner Spacey, who starred in “American Beauty” (1999) and the hit series “House of Cards”, was charged with four sexual assault charges by three men in London.
“I will defend myself against these charges and I am confident that my innocence will be proven,” he said.
Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police of London, opened an investigation after receiving complaints against the actor for alleged assaults committed, mainly, in the London neighborhood of Lambeth, where the famous Old Vic theater is located, of which Spacey was artistic director between 2004 and 2015.
Two of the charges relate to sexual assaults committed in March 2005 in London against the same victim, who is now over 40.
Artist’s depiction of actor Kevin Spacey, left, in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. — Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Another sexual assault involved a second whistleblower in August 2008 and involved penetrative sexual activity without his consent.
The actor is charged with a fourth sexual assault in April 2013 in Gloucestershire, southwest England, against a third whistleblower.
The wave of accusations that destroyed his successful career corresponded to the emergence of the #MeToo movement, which grew out of the case of the almighty American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Spacey had already been the subject of several allegations in the United States for sexual harassment and assault in 2017.
He was initially charged in Massachusetts with placing his hands on the private parts of an 18-year-old at a bar, after getting him drunk, in July 2016. Those charges were dropped in 2019.
Spacey’s last on-screen appearance dates back to 2018, with the premiere of the movie “The Billionaire Boys Club”.
He was fired from “House of Cards” and left out of a Ridley Scott film, “All the Money in the World,” in which he was replaced by Canadian actor Christopher Plummer.
In November 2021, he was ordered to pay US$31 million to MRC, the producer of “House of Cards”, as compensation for the loss of income attributed to his departure from the successful series of political intrigues in Washington, in which he gave life to the unscrupulous president Frank Underwood.
However, he made a timid return to cinema in June 2021, with the filming in the Italian city of Turin of a feature film directed by Italian Franco Nero and entitled “L’uomo che disegno Dio” where, according to the producer, he plays a secondary character.