UK prosecutors charge actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual abuse |  Culture



The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS, Crown Prosecution Service) of the United Kingdom announced on Thursday its decision to prosecute American actor Kevin Spacey, 62, for four crimes of sexual abuse. The alleged victims would be three men. “Likewise, he has also been accused of forcing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without his consent. All charges are the result of the final review of evidence collected by the Metropolitan Police during their investigation,” said Rosemary Ainslie, Chief of Scotland Yard’s Special Crimes Division. The alleged abuses would have occurred between 2005 and 2013. Two of them in London and one in the town of Gloucestershire.

The CPS statement avoids giving more details about Spacey, and recalls that his role is not “to decide whether someone is guilty or innocent of a crime, but to provide objective, fair and independent arguments about whether or not it is appropriate to bring an indictment for let a criminal court consider it.”

Theater Old Vic of London, of which Spacey was artistic director from 2004 to 2015, apologized to the citizens after revealing that he had received up to twenty complaints against the actor for inappropriate behavior. the tabloid newspaper The Sun published in September 2020 photos of Spacey cycling through the streets of London, with a wedding ring. It was the first time he had been seen publicly in months.

The American star, protagonist of legendary films such as Glengary Glenn Ross, Usual Suspects, LA Confidential, American Beauty or the series House of Cardspublicly revealed in 2017 that he was gay, shortly after the actor Antony Rapp had accused him of raping him when he was 14 years old, in 1986. Spacey was then 26. At the end of a party, the actor told Star Trek Discovery to the news website buzzfeednews, Spacey jumped on his bed and tried to abuse him. It was the Weinstein case, and the MeToo movement it spawned, that encouraged Rapp to take the plunge. From that first accusation, up to thirty more men assured that they had been victims of the actor’s sexual maneuvers.

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