Kevin Spacey granted unconditional bail by court over sexual assault charges
A London court has granted actor Kevin Spacey unconditional bail after making his first appearance to face four counts of sexual assault.
The House of Cards actor arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday (16 June) making his way through a throng of photographers to answer to his alleged crimes.
Patrick Gibbs QC, who is defending Mr Spacey, said: “Mr Spacey strenuously denies any and all criminality in this case,” as per BBC.
No pleas were entered during the hearing and the judge granted Spacey unconditional bail until his next court appearance at Southwark Crown Court on 14 July.
The alleged offences Spacey must answer for took place in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013.
Spacey’s charges are two counts of sexual assault on a man now in his 40s, which allegedly took place in March 2005 in London.
The third count allegedly happened in August 2008 in London, involving a man now in his 30s, where Spacey is accused of penetrative sexual activity without consent.
The final count Spacey faces occurred in Gloucestershire in April 2013 where the actor allegedly sexually assaulted a man now in his 30s.
Spacey’s most serious charge is forcing a man to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent which can only be tried in a Crown Court.
After UK prosecutors authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Spacey, he released a statement to Good Morning America protesting his innocence.
He said: “While I am disappointed with their decision to move forward, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence.”
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