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Kevin Spacey has been charged with 4 counts of sexual assault in the UK

LONDON ( Associated Press) – British prosecutors said Thursday they have charged actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual assault against three men.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Spacey has been accused of “involving a person in sexual activity without consent.”

The alleged incidents took place in London between March 2005 and August 2008 and in western England on April 1, 2013. The alleged victims are now in their 30s and 40s.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the service’s Special Crimes Division, said the charges follow a review of evidence gathered by London’s Metropolitan Police.

Spacey, a 62-year-old double Academy Award winner, was questioned by British police in 2019 about claims by several men that he had attacked them. The former “House of Cards” star ran London’s Old Vic Theater between 2004 and 2015.

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Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 1995 film “The Usual Suspects” and a lead actor Oscar for the 1999 film “American Beauty.”

His famous career came to an abrupt halt in 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp accused the star of assaulting him at a party in the 1980s, when Rapp was a teenager. Spacey has denied the allegations.

The UK charges were announced on Thursday when Spacey was testifying in a New York City courtroom in a civil trial filed by Rapp. Spacey did not respond to reporters as he left the courthouse while talking on his mobile phone.

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Spacey’s lawyers were aware of the UK criminal case – they mentioned it briefly in court – but also did not comment on the new UK charges as they left the building.

Another criminal case brought against Spacey, an indecent assault and battery charge stemming from the alleged groping of an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket resort, was dismissed by Massachusetts prosecutors in 2019.

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