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Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault in Britain

Kevin Spacey is charged in Britain with multiple allegations of sexual assault.
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Prosecutors in England are charging actor Kevin Spacey with multiple counts of sexual assault.

According to a statement from Rosemary Ainslie, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Special Crime Division, the actor is facing four counts of sexual assault against three men. The CPS is also charging him with one count of “causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.”

The criminal charges are following an investigation by the Metropolitan police.

The alleged assaults occurred in 2005, 2008 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire.

Representatives for Spacey have not returned a request for comment.

In 2017, the actor Anthony Rapp publicly accused Spacey of sexually abusing him at a party in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. Rapp is currently suing Spacey in federal court.

Spacey was also charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man in 2016, but prosecutors were forced to drop that charge after the alleged victim refused to testify.

In 2019 an anonymous masseur sued Spacey for allegedly assaulting him during a massage. The alleged victim died later that year and the actor settled with the accuser’s family.

Spacey is an Oscar-winning actor and was the lead of the Netflix hit House of Cards, until he was written out of the show following the sexual assault allegations. He was set to star in the Ridley Scott directed thriller All the Money in the World when he was replaced at the last minute by Christopher Plummer.

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