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Kevin Spacey ‘strenuously’ denies sex charges, granted bail

Jun 16, 2022, 3:17 PM | Updated: Jun 25, 2022, 8:54 pm
Actor Kevin Spacey (C) arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on June 16, 2022 in London, England...
Actor Kevin Spacey (C) arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court on June 16, 2022 in London, England. The Hollywood actor faces four counts of sexual assault against three men and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The charges follow a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
(Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — Kevin Spacey “strenuously denies” allegations of sexual assault, his lawyer said Thursday, as the Oscar-winning actor appeared in a London court to face five charges of offenses against three men.

Photographers and television camera crews thronged Spacey, 62, as he arrived at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court for the preliminary hearing, walking into court accompanied by members of his legal team and two police officers.

Spacey sat in the glass-fronted dock during the half-hour hearing, standing to give his full name — Kevin Spacey Fowler — as well as his birthdate and a London address.

He was not asked to enter a formal plea, but his lawyer, Patrick Gibbs, said: “Mr. Spacey strenuously denies any and all criminality in this case.”

“He has returned to the U.K. in order to establish his innocence,” Gibbs said. “He needs to answer these charges if he is to proceed with his life.”

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram granted Spacey unconditional bail until his next appearance, a plea hearing scheduled for July 14 at London’s Southwark Crown Court. He is free to return to the U.S. in the meantime.

The former “House of Cards” star is accused of four counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

The alleged incidents took place in London between March 2005 and August 2008, and one in western England in April 2013. The victims are now in their 30s and 40s.

In a statement issued last month, Spacey said he would travel to Britain to face the charges and was confident he would “prove my innocence.”

Spacey was questioned by British police in 2019 about claims by several men that he had assaulted them. The two-time Academy Award winner ran London’s Old Vic theater between 2004 and 2015.

Spacey won a best supporting actor Academy Award for the 1995 film “The Usual Suspects” and a lead actor Oscar for the 1999 movie “American Beauty.”

But his celebrated career came to an abrupt halt in 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp accused the star of assaulting him at a party in the 1980s, when Rapp was a teenager. Spacey denies the allegations.

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Kevin Spacey ‘strenuously’ denies sex charges, granted bail