Kevin Spacey has had to appear in court for the second time in the UK in less than a month for sexual assault allegations before a full trial is expected to take place until 2023.
The two-time Oscar winner, 62, appeared at London’s Central Criminal Court – otherwise known as the Old Bailey – on Thursday morning for a 9:45am hearing due to judge Mark Wall monitoring.
Just like at Spacey’s first UK hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on June 16, the actor was greeted by a media circus outside the court, where journalists had arrived. hours in advance to claim one of the seats inside. At the first hearing, due to the gravity of the charges, deputy judge Tan Ikram sent the case to the court and simultaneously granted the actor unconditional bail, a decision that Wall may have overturned. reverse.
The charges against Spacey involve three counts of sexual assault against three men, two in March 2005, one in August 2008, and another in April 2013. 5, The Crown Prosecution Service also detailed that there was a charge of “leaving a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent” in 2008.
At the hearing in June, although Spacey was not invited to make a formal plea, his attorney Patrick Gibbs QC said the actor “firmly denies any offense in this case”. Gibbs has also successfully fought for his client to be allowed to leave the UK before the trial, a move which prosecutor Natalie Dawson has warned that, given the severity of the sentence, he could found guilty, it is possible that he did not return.
Gibbs argued that Spacey has so far cooperated with all legal requests, spent several hours being interviewed by US police, and voluntarily participated in the hearing. He also claims that his job depends on him being able to travel.
“What will he do if he doesn’t answer the allegation, where will he hide?” he say. “He has to be locked up in his flat in London, can’t work, can’t audition to work?”