Actor Kevin Spacey, the 63-year-old star of American Beauty and drama series House of Cards is facing a four-week trial starting on Wednesday, June 27, at Southwark Crown Court in south London.
Last year, he appeared at London’s Old Bailey court to plead not guilty to five offenses against three men, including four counts of sexual assault and one of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. They allegedly took place in 2005 and 2008 in London, and in 2013 in Gloucestershire, western England. He has been on unconditional bail since then.
In November 2022, prosecutors announced seven additional charges involving another man, taking the total number of counts Spacey faces in the UK to 12. The fresh counts, allegedly committed between 2001 and 2004, comprised three offenses of indecent assault, three of sexual assault, and one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
Spacey, whose full name is Kevin Spacey Fowler, then appeared at Southwark Crown Court in January 2023 to deny all the new charges. He spoke only to confirm his identity and to enter the not guilty pleas. None of the alleged victims can be identified under English law and reporting restrictions prevent further details from being disclosed before trial.
In 2017 he was one of the first stars caught up in the global #MeToo movement and was accused of sexual assault by multiple young men. In 2019, charges of indecent and sexual assault were dropped against Spacey in Massachusetts.
Last year, a New York court dismissed a $40 million sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against Spacey. The complainant, actor Anthony Rapp, alleged the star had assaulted him when he was 14. He brought the civil case after being told it was too late to bring a criminal charge.
In court appearances, Spacey has denied all allegations of sexual assault.