Kevin Spacey released on bail on sexual assault charges against 3 men

Actor Kevin Spacey, whose career was shattered by since-dropped US sexual assault allegations in 2017, “strongly” denied new sex crime charges in London, during a hearing after which he was released on bail.

With a calm and confident countenance, the 62-year-old fallen Hollywood star voluntarily appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, waiting for him at the gates of a crowd of journalists, to face four charges of sexual assault on three men between 2005 and 2013.

“Mr. Spacey strongly denies any criminality in this case,” said his attorney, Patrick Gibbs. The prosecution acknowledged his “full cooperation” in the investigation, but requested that he surrender his passport and sleep in his London residence pending the next hearing, which the judge set for July 14 before the Southwark Crown Court, in South London.

However, the magistrate took into account that the actor had appeared voluntarily and, at the end of a half-hour hearing dedicated to procedural questions, he was released without precautionary measures. “Where is he going to hide? He lives in the United States and is extraditable. His family, his nine-year-old dog are in the United States”Gibbs insisted.

“His job requires him to go to meetings, to appear at castings, to meet with directors and screenwriters,” he defended, declaring himself convinced that Spacey “will continue to appear” before the British justice system.

“You have to answer to these charges if you want to move on with your life,” he argued.

The wave of accusations that destroyed his successful career corresponded with the emergence of the #MeToo movement, which was born in 2017 from the case of the almighty American film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Spacey had been the subject of several complaints in the United States for sexual harassment and assault in 2017. He was initially accused in the state of Massachusetts of having put his hands on the sex of an 18-year-old boy in a bar, after getting him drunk, in July. 2016. These charges were dropped in 2019.

Spacey’s last appearance on screen dates back to 2018, with the premiere of the film “Billionaire Boys Club”.