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Kevin Spacey Facing Sexual Assault Charges in Britain

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LONDON — The British authorities have authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey on 4 counts of sexual assault against three men, the country’s Crown Prosecution Service announced in a news release on Thursday.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the service’s special crime division, said in the discharge that the service had also authorized one charge against Mr. Spacey, 62, of “causing an individual to interact in penetrative sexual intercourse without consent.”

The authorization of charges followed a review of the evidence collected by London’s police force. Mr. Spacey can’t be formally charged unless he enters England or Wales, a spokesman for the service said in a telephone interview. The spokesman declined to comment on whether the service would pursue extradition proceedings if that didn’t occur.

The news release said the costs concerned three complainants. The incidents dated from March 2005, August 2008 and April 2013, it added — a time when Mr. Spacey was artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London. All of the incidents occurred in London, except one from 2013, which occurred in Gloucestershire, England. The Metropolitan Police said that one among the boys was now “in his 40s” and that the opposite two were now of their 30s, but didn’t provide their exact ages.

Representatives for Mr. Spacey didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.

The primary person to publicly accuse Mr. Spacey of sexual misconduct was the actor Anthony Rapp, who said in 2017 that Mr. Spacey had made unwanted sexual advances toward him within the Eighties, when he was 14 years old.

Soon after that a former television anchor got here forward to accuse Mr. Spacey of sexually assaulting her son, after which 20 individuals who worked with Mr. Spacey on the Old Vic theater in London, where he was artistic director for 11 years, accused him of inappropriate behavior.

The theater commissioned an independent investigation, which Mr. Spacey didn’t participate in, and issued a report that concluded that “his stardom and standing on the Old Vic could have prevented people, and particularly junior staff or young actors, from feeling that they might speak up or raise a hand for help.”

The report said that the theater had not been in a position to independently confirm the allegations. But some actors and members of the staff did go public. One actor, Roberto Cavazos, wrote on Facebook that he “had a few nasty encounters with Spacey that were near being called harassment” on the theater. “Evidently it only took a male under 30 to make Mr. Spacey be happy to the touch us,” Mr. Cavazos wrote.

The Old Vic said in a press release that it couldn’t comment on ongoing criminal proceedings.

In 2018, Mr. Spacey was charged with the sexual assault of the tv anchor’s 18-year-old son in Nantucket, Mass. Prosecutors dropped the case when the accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to proceed testifying.

A massage therapist sued Mr. Spacey in California in 2019, accusing him of groping and attempting to kiss him before offering him oral sex during a massage. The accuser died unexpectedly ahead of the trial and the case was dismissed when his estate dropped the lawsuit.

Mr. Spacey is a two-time Academy Award winner. He won the best actor Oscar in 2000 for his work in “American Beauty,” and in 1996 he won best supporting actor for “The Usual Suspects.” He was also a outstanding stage actor, winning a Tony Award in 1991 as a featured actor in “Lost in Yonkers,” and he was the host of the Tony Awards in 2017.

But he had a rapid fall from grace after the accusations by Mr. Rapp, who has an ongoing lawsuit against him, which were followed by more accusations. After Mr. Rapp’s allegations were first published in BuzzFeed, Mr. Spacey released a press release saying that he didn’t recall the episode but apologized for what he said “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” In court papers, Mr. Spacey denied Mr. Rapp’s allegations that when Mr. Rapp was underage, Mr. Spacey had grabbed his buttocks and lifted him onto a bed.

Mr. Spacey appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday for a hearing in regards to the proper venue for Mr. Rapp’s lawsuit. As he left the courthouse, Mr. Spacey declined to acknowledge reporters’ questions on the developments in Britain, in response to The Recent York Post.

TV and film producers began dropping Mr. Spacey from projects after Mr. Rapp went public and more allegations followed, including from the Netflix political drama “House of Cards,” which finished its run without the actor. But more recently, he has found roles in smaller movies, including an Italian feature and an American thriller.

In January, Croatian newspapers reported that Mr. Spacey was shooting a movie within the country by which he played Franjo Tudjman, the onetime Communist general who led Croatia to independence.

This month, Deadline reported that he had signed up for a historical drama called “1242 — Gateway to the West” scheduled to begin shooting in Hungary and Mongolia in October. The movie would tell the story of one among Genghis Khan’s grandsons. It was being sold on the Cannes Film Festival, Deadline added. His latest American thriller was also being sold at Cannes, in response to Rolling Stone.

Alex Marshall reported from London, and Julia Jacobs from Recent York. Susan Beachy contributed research.

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