Actor Kevin Spacey Was Found Not Guilty Of Sexual Assault In London Court
Actor Kevin Spacey was found not guilty of sexually assaulting four men in a U.K. trial on Wednesday. This comes after years of legal trouble for the once-admired actor, who fell from favor at the height of the #MeToo movement.
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Actor Kevin Spacey was found not guiltyof sexually assaulting four men in a U.K. trial on Wednesday. This comes after years of legal trouble for the once-admired actor, who fell from favor at the height of the #MeToo movement.
The House of Cards and American Beauty star was accused of nine crimes, including sexual abuse, at Southwark Crown Court. The crimes were said to have happened between 2001 and 2013 and involved four men. When the jury found him not guilty, Spacey had tears in his eyes.
Actor Kevin Spacey found not guilty on sexual assault charges in London
Kevin Spacey was found not guilty of sexual assault by a jury in London on Wednesday. The Oscar winner's stellar performance as a witness in his own defense saved him from a possible jail sentence and gave him hope that he could get a job again after being out of work for six years.
As the final decision of "not guilty" was read, Spacey's eyes filled with tears. The Oscar winner looked at the judges, put his hand on the lapel of his blue suit and pink shirt, and said "thank you."He was 64 years old.
Wednesday, after about 12 hours of deliberation, a panel of nine men and three women found the actor not guilty of nine charges. These included several sexual assault charges and a charge of forcing someone to have penetrative sexual activity without their consent. The case was one of several against Spacey that came up during the #MeToo movement.
In addition to being cleared in London, Spacey has also won two criminal cases in the U.S. and a $40 million lawsuit from actor Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey sexually abused him when Rapp was a boy in 1986. Spacey said that if he was found not guilty in London, he would go back to acting full-time. The Hollywood star talked to five of the jurors in the lobby of Southwark Crown Court. When he left the building, he spoke to a large group of reporters and photographers.
I imagine that many of you can understand that there's a lot for me to process after what has just happened today. I am humbled by the outcome today.- Kevin Spacey
I am enormously grateful to the jury for having taken the time to examine all of the evidence and all of the facts carefully before they reached their decision.- Kevin Spacey
The four guys said they had been attacked at different times between 2001 and 2013. From 2004 to 2015, Spacey lived in London, where he worked as artistic director at the Old Vic Theater.
At the time, his time in charge of England's most important theater was praised, as he raised its image around the world with shows like a touring version of Shakespeare's "Richard III," starring Spacey, and other revivals. Two years after he quit being a director, the men came forward in 2017. They joined nearly a dozen others who have accused the actor of sexual misconduct.
Kevin Spacey is an American actor and producer. Some of his notable film roles include "The Usual Suspects," for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, "American Beauty," for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, and "Se7en," among others. Spacey has also been involved in various theater productions and has won several awards for his work on the stage.
On Wednesday, a jury in London found Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey not guilty of criminal sexual assault. The charges against him were that he attacked four men.
After almost four weeks of hearing evidence, the jury began making decisions on Monday. After three days, the jury at Southwark Crown Court told the court what they thought. After the decisions were read, Spacey cried as he talked to the press outside the courthouse.