Embattled actor Kevin Spacey is facing more legal issues after being charged with sexual assault in the United Kingdom. Per Yahoo! UK, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced that the former House of Cards star has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse against three different men. On Thursday, Rosemary Ainslie, the head of the CPS Special Crime Division, issued a statement on the charges, explaining, "The CPS has [authorized] criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men."
Ainslie continued, "He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation." The statement concluded, "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial." According to the BBC, the Met Police received a series of complaints dated between 2005 and 2013. After an investigation, authorities determined there was sufficient evidence to charge the actor. Three of the complaints are related to alleged sexual abuse incidents in London, and one complaint is said to be related to an incident, or incidents, in Gloucestershire.
BREAKING: CPS says it has authorised criminal charges against actor Kevin Spacey for four counts of sexual assault against three men.https://t.co/qhrm5hRMxT— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 26, 2022
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Spacey has faced a number of sexual assault allegations over the past few years. He was fired from the award-winning House of Cards in 2017 after numerous reports of sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him surfaced. Many more claims emerged following his exit, with some resulting in court cases. Ultimately, most of the cases never went to trial or were thrown out.
Most recently, in late 2021, Spacey suffered a major loss in one legal battle related to the claims against him. MRC, the production company behind House of Cards, filed a lawsuit against the actor over revenue it lost due to his abrupt firing, which they believed him to be responsible for due to the sexual misconduct allegations he faced from individuals on set. Deadline reported that a court awarded MRC $29.5 million in damages, as well as $1.4 million in attorneys fees.
The lengthy ruling had previously been kept under wraps, but MRC later made it public. Spacey sought to appeal the decision on his own behalf as well as that of his production entities — Profitt Productions and Trigger Street Productions — but his appeal was denied. At this time, it does not appear that neither Spacey nor any of his representatives have issued a comment on the new sexual assault charges.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.