American actor Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty to seven new sexual assault charges in the United Kingdom on Friday. Seven months ago, he denied similar allegations.
The 63-year-old Hollywood star, who took part in the hearing before the Crown Court – similar to our first instance court – in London’s Southwark via videoconference, is being charged with several counts of sexual assault against a man between 2001 and 2004.
Spacey is being charged with forcing the man to have non-consensual sex, the prosecutor’s office reported in November, when it allowed the police to add the new charge to the actor’s already voluminous file.
The two-time Oscar winner (for “American Beauty” and “Usual Suspects”) is already on trial for four assaults on three different men between March 2005 and April 2013, when he was artistic director of London’s theatre The Old Vic. He pleaded not guilty in July. Last October, Kevin Spacey was found not guilty of sexual assault by a New York civil court.
He has had twelve charges of sexual assault against four men between 2001 and 2013. The actor’s months-long trial will take place in June. There is already a procedural hearing on April 5.
Spacey was accused of sexually transgressive behaviour by several men in 2017. Shortly afterwards, the actor had to leave the popular Netflix series House of Cards. Several cases in the US were settled or dropped.