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Kevin Spacey formally charged with sexual assault, to appear in London court

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has been formally charged with sexual assault and will appear in a London court later this week, police said on Monday.

London’s Metropolitan Police said on Monday Spacey was charged with “four counts of sexual assault against three men. He was charged with engaging in sexual activity without the consent of one man.”

The Metropolitan Police said the 62-year-old actor will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday at 0900 GMT.

The first two alleged attacks took place in London in March 2005 against the same man, who is now 40. The third alleged assault and charge of engaging a man in penetrative sexual activity without consent relate to an incident that took place in London in August 2008 against a different man, now in his 30s. There was a fourth alleged assault in Gloucestershire in 2013 against a third man, now in his 30s.

In 2017, American actor Anthony Rapp alleged that, when he was 14, Spacey climbed on top of him in a bed, several charges of assault and inappropriate behavior were leveled against Spacey.

The Old Vic Theater in London, where Spacey was artistic director for 11 years until 2015, said two years after his departure that during its investigation of his conduct, he had received 20 charges of inappropriate behavior and encouraged 14 people who made it accused of going to the police

Those allegations included conversations between 1995 and 2013, all of which dealt with men. The alleged incidents ranged from behavior to make people feel uncomfortable to “sexually inappropriate” touching, but there were no allegations of rape by the theatre.

In 2019, prosecutors in Massachusetts dropped a solicitation case against Spacey, who had faced a felony charge of indecent assault and battery. The district attorney said he was dropping the case “due to the unavailability of a complaining witness.”

Spacey was accused of groping an 18-year-old girl at a bar three years ago. The accuser said Spacey bought him several alcoholic drinks and then groped him.

This story was originally published by CBS News June 13, 2022 at 11:58 a.m. ET. Haley Ott contributed to this report.

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