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US actor Kevin Spacey granted bail ahead of plea hearing

June 16, 2022

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been granted unconditional bail at a first hearing over sexual assault charges. His lawyer says Spacey is determined to prove his innocence.

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey's acting career has ground to a halt over various allegations of sexual assaultImage: zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx/picture alliance

A magistrate at London's Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday granted Kevin Spacey unconditional bail until a next court appearance on July 14, as the acclaimed Hollywood actor faces charges on four counts of sexual assault against three men.

Spacey has been charged with sexual offenses including assault and nonconsensual penetrative sexual activity in alleged incidents in London between March 2005 and August 2008, and one in western England in April 2013.

At Thursday's hearing, the 62-year-old actor was not asked to make a formal plea, but his lawyer said the Spacey denied all allegations. 

Celebrated actor

Spacey starred in the well-known Netflix TV series "House of Cards" and has received Academy Awards for the 1995 film "The Usual Suspects'' and for the 1999 movie "American Beauty," as best supporting actor and lead actor respectively.

He ran London's Old Vic theater between 2004 and 2015.

His career came to an abrupt end in 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of assaulting him at a party in the 1980s, when Rapp was a teenager.

Spacey is one of the highest-profile figures to be accused of sexual assault in connection with the #MeToo movement, which has seen many previously silent victims of sexual abuse speak out in a global wave of protest.

The July 14 hearing, where Spacey is expected to be asked to make a plea, is scheduled to take place at Southwark Crown Court in south London.

tj/jcg (AP, AFP)