Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault in the UK

Once the dam broke on Kevin Spacey’s creepy, predatory and criminal behavior, the credible accusations came in waves. Credit to the brilliant and brave Anthony Rapp for being the first one to call out Spacey publicly by name in 2017. Everything went to hell for Spacey after that. Spacey reportedly harassed and assaulted men while he worked on House of Cards, and he was suspended from the Netflix production. During his tenure at the Old Vic (in the UK), he reportedly abused, harassed and assaulted at least twenty men. There were dozens of claims of Spacey’s assault, groping and harassment of boys too, meaning under the age of 18. While there has been some movement towards criminal prosecution or civil lawsuits against Spacey here in America, it turns out that the British police were quietly building a case. Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault in the UK.

Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men. In a statement released Thursday, Britain’s Crown Protection Services (CPS) formally announced the charges against the 62-year-old actor.

“The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men,” Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said.

“The CPS has also authorised one charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The authority to charge follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation. 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,” Ainslie added.

Spacey’s charges were listed as sexual assault for two incidents that allegedly transpired in London in March 2005, sexual assault and with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent for an incident that allegedly occurred in August 2008, and sexual assault with an incident that allegedly occurred in April 2013.

ET has reached out to Spacey’s attorney for comment. According to CNN, the alleged victim of the 2005 incident is in his 40s, while the alleged victims from the 2008 and 2013 incidents are now in their 30s. In a statement to CNN, a CPS spokesman says that Spacey’s charges have been formally announced, however, since the actor is not currently in England or Wales, the charges cannot formally be applied.

[From ET]

For a second I was like “wait, does Spacey still live in the UK?” I honestly don’t know – no one does. He’s been in the wind for a while and no one seems sure where he officially resides. He did live in London for years, and I believe he had an apartment in New York for decades too. Last year, the Hollywood Reporter tried to do a follow-up on Spacey’s many legal and financial woes, and their sources claimed that following a stint in rehab, he was (at that time) living with “his Svengali manager, former boy band member Evan Lowenstein” in Los Angeles. If he’s still in LA right now, I find it hard to believe that Spacey would willingly travel to the UK to stand trial, nor is it likely that he would be extradited. Still, I’m glad that this serial predator is finally facing some criminal charges.

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  1. Vera says:

    It’s about bloody time, I hope they charge him in the USA too

  2. susan says:

    I’m a bit baffled here. even assuming the age of consent, doesn’t the statute of limitations apply here? All this piling on when many, many more substantive and timely claims by women against prominent men have been dismissed, ignored and minimized.

    And Bill Cosby walks free.

    • Amy Bee says:

      It shouldn’t matter if the victims are female or male. They should all get justice.

    • Minnie says:

      What is the point of this comment? Everyone should get justice, regardless of whether they are men or women.

    • michyk says:

      he’s a serial predator who’s finally being held legally responsible for at least some of his actions. i always have time for that. not to mention if he ever tries to make a career comeback (which is how things go), not being able to work in the UK will severely hamper his efforts.

    • Summer says:

      @Susan, I’m assuming the statute of limitations laws are different in the UK.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Summer, that was my assumption too. We should extend the statue of limitations with regards to minors in the US. Many children don’t want to come to terms with the sexual assault/abuse they were made to suffer through. Prime example are the Catholic Churches. It takes years for children to come to terms with sexual assault committed against them as children.

    • Thinking says:

      All victims should get justice. I don`t think it matters the gender.

      That said, I assume whether a charge occurs comes down to the prosecutor. Judging from what I`ve seen on Netflix documentaries, the legal system within which the prosecutor works likely makes a difference in whether a case can get prosecuted. Maybe the fact that these assaults happened in the UK impacted Spacey getting charged for his wrongdoing.

    • BlinkB says:

      There’s no legal statute of limitations in the UK

  3. hmm says:

    I am so confused (But very pleased) by this – isn’t it past the statute of limitations? My personal situations happened 2009-12 and Ive been told the statute has passed, or are the laws just loads better in the UK. So glad these people will have a chance at justice.

    • DuchessL says:

      Not sure about the UK but in some places there are no statute of limitation when it comes to sexual related assault

      • Grumpierthanthou says:

        That is correct. It is only summary offences which have a (six month) limitation period. There is no such time limit for triable either way or indictable offences, which include (from memory) pretty much all sexual offences. That isn’t to say of course that they have a good prosecution or conviction rate.

    • Ocho says:

      According to my googling, in the UK: “Sexual assault is an indictable offence which is tried in the crown court. There is no statute of limitations on sexual assault.” (from a solicitors’ website)

    • SAS says:

      @Hmm, my heart just shattered a little bit for you that you were told you couldn’t seek justice. Sending you lots of love.

      There’s no statute of limitations on sexual assault in Australia so I have a feelings it’s likely the same in the UK.

    • Talia says:

      As stated, there is no statute of limitations on the majority of serious offences in the UK. That includes sexual offences.

    • MC2 says:

      @hmm The statue of limitations are confusing in the US (meant to be) and need to be changed. I heard the same thing about crimes committed against me, but the statue clocks starts when a victim turns 18 y/o. Also, there are pushes to change the statutes or put in exemptions. I urge you to look into it (if you want).
      The US system relies heavily on our civil court system as well, which is given as a reason to why statues are okay in criminal court. In civil court, victims can seek restitution & statues do not apply the same as in the criminal system.
      Hugs to you ((()))

  4. Cessily says:

    I have seen some disturbing news and investigations on him and how all previous victims never made it to the trials. This man to me is terrifying and someday when it all comes out imo will be Jimmy Savile horrific. My prayers are with the victims I hope they get justice.

  5. L84Tea says:

    My neighbor who lives across the street from me is a camera/set guy who goes on location for movies. He was on a Kevin Spacey set and said he was beyond creepy and sexually harassed one of the men working on the set.

  6. Jenny says:

    My friend lives in Baltimore and she has seen him at her dog park on the regular. He’s been living there while he awaits his other trial. He lived there while he shot House of Cards.

  7. KBeth says:

    He used to be one of my favorites, I’m beyond disgusted by him.

    • AmyB says:

      I feel the same way; I cannot watch any of his movies anymore. He disgusts me, and I am happy to see justice may FINALLY be coming his way!!

  8. Bettyrose says:

    He’s a menace to society. If Britain can lock him away while the US fails, have at it.

  9. Amy Bee says:

    He’s another predator who wormed his way into the highest levels of society. I hope he’s brought to justice in the UK

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I hope so as well. It’s time that we adopt the same statute of limitations as well, for sexual assault victims. When they are children, how can we expect them to be able to file charges when they are so young? It’s incomprehensible.

    • Babz says:

      I remember seeing the photos of him and Ghislane Maxwell lolling about in the throne room of Buckingham Palace, courtesy of Andrew, back in the Jeffrey Epstein days. Kevin Spacey was one of my favorites – I always considered him to be so elegant and sophisticated – until all the sexual assault accusations came out. There’s a very dark, unsavory core in that man.

  10. The Recluse says:

    The last I heard he was spending a lot of time in Europe, Italy in particular. Supposedly he had made a film with Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero and he has two international films either completed or in the works. He’s surviving off of his tarnished Hollywood cachet.
    I wonder if he can be extradited to England.
    I also can’t shake the feeling that one day he’s going to cross paths with the wrong person and it’s going to be all over the news in the worst way.