Smiling Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, 62, is given police escort as he arrives at court to face charges over four sex attacks on three men in London and Gloucestershire
- Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is accused of five sexual offenses
- Hollywood star, 62, is accused of assaulting three men between 2005 and 2013
- He is expected to deny charges at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Hollywood legend Kevin Spacey was escorted by police past a huge crowd of photographers as he arrived at a London court today to face claims he launched a series of sex attacks on three men.
Surrounded by members of his legal team, the Oscar-winning actor, 62, wore a blue suit with teal suede brogues and a dark patterned tie as he exited a silver Mercedes smiling outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
He made no comment as he was rushed past a queue of other court attendees and through the entrance before passing security.
Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013.
The allegations relate to three men, now in their 30s and 40s, who claim they were assaulted while American actor Spacey was artistic director of the Old Vic theater near Waterloo Station in London.
The actor was greeted by a crush as he arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court today
Spacey was guided past a crowd of photographers by police officers at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as he arrived to face claims of sexual assault today
The Oscar-winning actor, pictured in the middle, was mobbed by hordes of photographers
Kevin Spacey arriving at Westminster Magistrates Court in London today
Spacey was guided through the crowd by police outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorized charges against the actor last month, but the American could only be formally charged once he had traveled to the UK earlier this week.
The charges are: two counts of sexual assault on a man, who is now in his 40s, in March 2005 in London; sexual assault on a man, who is now in his 30s, and causing him to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent, in August 2008 in London; sexual assault on a man, who is now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.
Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner who is known for starring roles in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards, had previously said he would travel to the UK to face the charges, which he is expected to deny.
Spacey navigated the big crowd of journalists outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today
Spacey pictured arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today
Spacey was surrounded by his legal team and police officers as he walked past hordes of photographers gathered outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today
Photographers circled Spacey as he arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today
In a statement released to Good Morning America after the CPS announcement, he said: ‘While I am disappointed with their decision to move forward, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence.’
The most serious charge of causing a man to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent is an indictable-only offence, meaning it can only be tried in Crown Court.
Spacey, whose address in court documents is given as an apartment in Waterloo, central London, was artistic director at the Old Vic between 2004 and 2015.