Actor Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault

London: Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service says actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with a number of sex offences including sexual assault against three men following an investigation by police in London.

The Oscar-winning actor has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against the men, Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS special crime division, said in a statement on Friday (AEST).

Actor Kevin Spacey at a US pretrial hearing in 2019.Credit:AP

“He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” she said.

“The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”

In November 2017, London’s Old Vic theatre said it had received 20 separate allegations of inappropriate conduct by Spacey from 20 men who came into contact with him at the theatre, or in connection with it, between 1995 and 2013.

Kevin Spacey in the Netflix show <i>House of Cards</i>.

Kevin Spacey in the Netflix show House of Cards.Credit:Netflix

Spacey, once one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, was dropped from the TV show House of Cards and removed from the movie All the Money in the World after the accusations of sexual misconduct came to light.

The 62-year-old, who won Oscars for best actor in American Beauty and best supporting actor in The Usual Suspects, has previously denied all accusations of misconduct.

Roberto Cavazos, an actor who worked at the Old Vic, where Spacey was artistic director between 2004 and 2015, said in 2017 he had encounters with the Hollywood star at the time “that verged on what you could call harassment”.

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