Planned trip to London
Kevin Spacey wants to prove his innocence
5/31/2022 9:52 PM
In the course of the #MeToo debate, several allegations have been made against Kevin Spacey of sexual assault. Now a British authority is bringing criminal charges against the 62-year-old. The Hollywood star now wants to appear in London in person to defend himself against the allegations.
A British agency has filed criminal charges against Kevin Spacey on four counts of sexual assault. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that Britain would request the American actor’s extradition unless Spacey decided to return voluntarily. That’s exactly what the 62-year-old appears to be doing, according to a statement from his representative that was presented exclusively to Good Morning America in the US.
Spacey will “voluntarily appear in Great Britain as soon as possible” and “defend himself against these allegations”. He was “confident that this would prove my innocence.” However, he was “disappointed with the decision” that the allegations would eventually be brought to court in London.
The criminal complaint was filed by the Royal Prosecution Service (CPS), and can also be read on the official website of the law enforcement agency. “The Criminal Police Department has authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey on four counts of sexual assault against three men,” the newspaper quoted Rosemary Ainsley, head of the Special Crimes Division, as saying. All of the alleged attacks are said to have taken place in England between 2005 and 2013.
At the same time, the press release warned of bias against the Oscar winner. “I appreciate the statement by the Crown Prosecutor’s Office, which carefully advised the media and the public that I have the right to a fair trial and that I am innocent until proven guilty,” Spacey said in a statement.
Spacey was the artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre from 2004 to 2015. Several men accused the actor of sexual assault from 2017 onwards in the context of the #MeToo debate.