Kevin Spacey was charged in the UK with four counts of sexual assault against three men on Thursday — as he appeared in a Manhattan court to testify in a separate sex assault case brought against him in New York.
Kevin Spacey has been charged in the UK with four counts of sexual assault against three men, according to reports Thursday.
The Oscar winner has also been hit with a charge of “causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” the Crown Prosecution Service said, according to a Guardian report.
The UK charges stem from a probe of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan police.
“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,” it said in a statement.
Spacey was set to appear Thursday morning in Manhattan federal court for a hearing in a civil suit stemming from actor Anthony Rapp’s allegations that Spacey made sexual advances toward him when Rapp was just 14.
“He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold,” Rapp told BuzzFeed News in 2017, noting how the pair had been alone in a bedroom.
“But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me. He was trying to seduce me.”
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp said. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
At the time, Spacey said he was “beyond horrified” by Rapp’s account, and said he did not remember the encounter.
“But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” Spacey said.