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Kevin Spacey Faces Trial in London for Decades-Old Sexual Assault Allegations

by Lucas Garcia
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Kevin Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, is set to stand trial in a London court on Wednesday, facing charges of sexually assaulting four men dating back as far as two decades ago.

The 63-year-old actor has pleaded not guilty to twelve charges, including sexual assault, indecent assault, and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. A conviction could result in a prison sentence.

Arriving at London’s Southwark Crown Court donning a navy suit, Spacey appeared two hours before the trial’s scheduled commencement.

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Spacey has expressed hope that an acquittal in this case would revive his career, which has largely remained stagnant since allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him. The renowned actor, who earned his first Academy Award for supporting actor in “The Usual Suspects” in 1995, believes that once cleared of these charges, there are individuals ready to employ him. In an interview with Germany’s Zeit magazine this month, Spacey lamented how the media had transformed him into a “monster.”

The charges brought against Spacey involve men now in their 30s or 40s and span from 2001 to 2013—a significant portion of the decade he resided in Britain and served as the artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre until 2015.

The jury trial is expected to last four weeks, while Spacey, under his full name Kevin Spacey Fowler, remains out on bail.

Spacey’s downfall unfolded during the #MeToo movement in the United States. The allegations led to his removal from the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards,” where he portrayed the lead character, Frank Underwood, a ruthless and corrupt congressman turned president. He was also edited out of the completed film “All the Money in the World,” with his scenes being reshot featuring Christopher Plummer.

During the 1990s, Spacey emerged as one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, starring in movies like “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “LA Confidential.” He secured his second Oscar, this time for Best Actor, in the 1999 film “American Beauty.”

In recent years, Spacey has made a return to the screen, featuring in Italian director Franco Nero’s “The Man Who Drew God” in 2022, and portraying the late Croatian President Franjo Tudjman in the biopic “Once Upon a Time in Croatia.” Additionally, he stars in the unreleased US film “Peter Five Eight.”

The National Cinema Museum in Turin, Italy, honored Spacey with a lifetime achievement award in January. He also conducted a masterclass and introduced a sold-out screening of “American Beauty,” marking his first speaking engagements in five years. Spacey commended the organizers for their unwavering support of artistic achievement and their audacity, or as he put it, “le palle” (Italian for courage), in extending him an invitation.


Contributions to this report by Jill Lawless, writer for Big Big News.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Kevin Spacey, sexual assault trial, career revival

Q: What charges is Kevin Spacey facing in the trial?

A: Kevin Spacey is facing a dozen charges, including sexual assault, indecent assault, and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Q: What could be the potential consequences if Spacey is convicted?

A: If convicted, Kevin Spacey could face a prison sentence.

Q: When did the alleged incidents take place?

A: The alleged incidents involving Kevin Spacey date back as far as two decades ago, spanning from 2001 to 2013.

Q: What impact did the #MeToo movement have on Spacey’s career?

A: The #MeToo movement in the United States had a significant impact on Kevin Spacey’s career. He was removed from the Netflix political thriller “House of Cards” and edited out of the film “All the Money in the World.” These actions were taken following the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Q: What are some notable films and awards in Kevin Spacey’s career?

A: Kevin Spacey won two Oscars, one for supporting actor in “The Usual Suspects” (1995) and another for best actor in “American Beauty” (1999). He has also starred in acclaimed films such as “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “LA Confidential.”

Q: What recent projects has Spacey been involved in?

A: Spacey recently appeared in Italian director Franco Nero’s “The Man Who Drew God” (2022) and portrayed the late Croatian President Franjo Tudjman in the biopic “Once Upon a Time in Croatia.” He also has a role in the unreleased U.S. film “Peter Five Eight.”

Q: How long is the trial expected to last?

A: The jury trial for Kevin Spacey is scheduled to last approximately four weeks.

Q: Has Spacey made any public statements regarding the charges?

A: Yes, Kevin Spacey has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to the charges. He has expressed hope that an acquittal in this case could revive his career, claiming that there are people ready to hire him once he is cleared of the charges.

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5 comments

TheatreGeek June 28, 2023 - 6:01 pm

kevin spacey was artistic director at old vic? didn’t know that. curious how trial will affect his legacy in theatre.

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MovieLover88 June 28, 2023 - 6:34 pm

wow, didn’t know kevin spacey won 2 oscars! sad to see his career ruined by #metoo, hope he makes a comeback if cleared.

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FilmFan123 June 29, 2023 - 12:52 am

#HouseOfCards will never be the same without kevin spacey. wonder if they’ll bring him back if he’s proven innocent?

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JSmith June 29, 2023 - 2:35 am

kevin spacey in big trouble, facing trial in London for old sex assault charges. hope he innocent!

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CelebWatcher June 29, 2023 - 4:17 am

kevin spacey needs to face consequences if guilty, no more special treatment for celebrities. justice for the victims!

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