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Kevin Spacey Says He'll 'Voluntarily Appear' In Britain To Face Sexual Assault Charges
Actor Kevin Spacey, who was charged last week with four counts of sexual assault, says he's "confident" he'll be able to prove his innocence.
Actor Kevin Spacey has said he plans to “voluntarily appear” in London to face four counts of sexual assault after being accused of sexually assaulting three different men.
Spacey, 62, provided a statement to “Good Morning America” saying he planned to defend himself against the charges and was “confident” he will be able to prove his innocence, according to ABC News.
The Metropolitan Police announced the charges against Spacey last week after being given authority by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Spacey with four counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
The charges stem from allegations that Spacey sexually assaulted three different men between March 2005 and April 2013.
Two of the sexual assault charges involve the same male victim, who is now in his 40s. The man has accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him in London in March of 2005, police said.
A second man, now in his 30s, accused the “House of Cards” actor of sexual assault and engaging in penetrative sexual activity without consent in August of 2008 while in London.
Finally, Spacey is accused of sexually assaulting a third man, who is also now in his 30s, in Gloucestershire in April of 2013.
Spacey served as the artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London from 2004 to 2015.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime Division, said in a statement to ABC News that the charges were filed after investigators reviewed the evidence in the case.
She also reminded the public that Spacey had a “right to a fair trial”—a notion that Spacey was quick to mention in his own statement to “Good Morning America.”
"I very much appreciate the Crown Prosecution Service's statement in which they carefully reminded the media and the public that I am entitled to a fair trial, and innocent until proven otherwise,” he said. “While I am disappointed with their decision to move forward, I will voluntarily appear in the U.K. as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence."
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police previously told CNN that the charges cannot be formally lodged against Spacey until he sets foot in England or Wales.
A British authority familiar with the investigation told The Guardian that if Spacey did not voluntarily appear, officials planned to extradite the “American Beauty” and “Usual Suspects” star.
Last week, Spacey was in New York City testifying in a civil lawsuit filed by actor Anthony Rapp, who has accused Spacey of sexually assaulting him at a party in the 1980s, according to The Associated Press.
When the allegations first surfaced in 2017, Spacey was fired from his high-profile role in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” which continued in its final season without him.
Spacey was also accused of groping an 18-year-old at a Nantucket resort, but charges of indecent assault and battery were dismissed by prosecutors in that case in 2019.