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Kevin Spacey’s sexual assault accusation: What has he been charged with?

Kevin Spacey has been charged with various sexual assault allegations in the United Kingdom after the Met Police investigated complaints against the actor.

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FILE PHOTO: Actor Kevin Spacey sits at a caffe in Piazza San Carlo as he visits the city, where he is expected to return for a cameo appearance in a low budget Italian film, after largely disappearing from public view, in Turin, Italy, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca/File Photo
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The American actor, Kevin Spacey, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault in the United Kingdom after an investigation into claims made by three alleged victims.

The four counts come from three victims from accusations of crimes made in 2005, 2008, and 2013. The first and second claiments have said that the crimes occured in London, whereas the third lives in Gloucestershire. .

“The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men,” said Rosemary Ainslie the head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Ainslie also affirmed Spacey’s right to a fair trial saying, “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.”

The accusations and a pattern of behavior

For many, the charges are not a surprise as Spacey has been accused of engaging in similar behavior in the United States. Actor Anthony Rapp made a public statement in the wake of the Me Too movement in 2017, accusing Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances at a party in 1986 when he was only fourteen years old.

After Rapp came forward, fifteen other victims made similar allegations. Now, it is becoming clear that Spacey was engaging in violent behavior outside of the US as well. The fifteen other victims who cmae forwatd included eight members of the cast and crew of House of Cards.

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