Kevin Spacey: I'm Going to UK to Clear My Name

Actor says he is 'confident' he will be cleared of latest abuse allegations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2022 10:20 AM CDT
Updated May 31, 2022 12:54 PM CDT
Kevin Spacey Faces New Sexual Assault Charges
Kevin Spacey, in a 2019 file photo.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(Newser) Update: Kevin Spacey says he will travel to Britain to defend himself in court against new allegations of sexual abuse and is "confident" he'll be cleared. In a statement released by his attorney on Tuesday, the actor said he will "voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged," per Rolling Stone. Spacey is accused of abusing three men in England several years ago, the latest in series of allegations that have torpedoed his Hollywood career. Our original story from May 26 follows:

Kevin Spacey is facing yet more allegations of sexual abuse. On Thursday, British prosecutors said he faces charges of assaulting three men between 2005 and 2013, reports CNN. At the time, Spacey ran the Old Vic Theatre in London, per the AP. One of the four counts accuses Spacey of "causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent," notes the Guardian. The 62-year-old Spacey has been fighting legal battles since 2017, when the first of his accusers—actor Anthony Rapp—came forward, notes Variety. It's not clear where Spacey is living these days.

"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," says Rosemary Ainslie, head of the service's special crime division. The charges follow a review of evidence by London's Metropolitan Police, who questioned Spacey in 2019 about claims raised by several men. The Hollywood career of the Oscar winner has tanked amid the scandal, though he did land a role in a movie last year. (Read more Kevin Spacey stories.)

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