Kevin Spacey is defending himself and trying to prove his innocence. The actor from the United States was charged in the United Kingdom with sexual assault. He announced Tuesday that he would appear in front of the British courts. "I greatly appreciate the Crown Prosecution Service's statement reminding the media and the public that my right to a fair trial and that I am innocent until proven guilt", stated the star of House of Cards. He had been hired by Netflix following the initial accusations.
On Thursday, the British prosecutor announced that it had authorized criminal proceedings against Kevin Spacey (62), for four counts sexual assault against three males. This was in a span of time from March 2005 to April 2013. Spacey was then artistic director. The Old Vic theatre in London. The actor said that although he was disappointed by the decision, he would voluntarily report to the UK and defend himself against the charges. He also stated that he is certain to prove his innocence. In a statement to ABC's Good Morning America.
Variety reports that a voluntary appearance would enable him to avoid an extradition process.
These charges were brought about by the Weinstein scandal. They are named after the American film producer who was subject to harassment, sexual assault, and rape complaints since 2017. An internal investigation was ordered by the Old Vic theater, which was conducted by a law company, into the conduct of its former artistic chief. There were "20 personal testimony of Kevin Spacey's alleged inappropriate behavior."
However, the lawsuits against the actor were dropped in the United States. The accusations had severe consequences for the actor's career and reputation. He won two Oscars for his work (best actor in 2000 for American beauty, and best actor in a supporting part in 1996 for Usual Suspects).