Kevin Spacey goes to court to face four sexual assault charges

Kevin Spacey goes to court to face four sexual assault charges

Smiling Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, 62, is escorted by police as he arrives at court to face charges of four counts of sexually assaulting three men in London and Gloucestershire

  • Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been charged with five sexual offenses
  • The 62-year-old Hollywood star is accused of assaulting three men between 2005 and 2013
  • He is expected to dismiss the charges at Westminster Magistrates’ Court

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey was escorted by police past a huge crowd of photographers as he arrived at a London court today to face allegations that he carried out a series of sexual assaults on three men.

Surrounded by members of his legal team, the 62-year-old Oscar winner smiled as he stepped out of a silver Mercedes outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Spacey, who wore a blue suit with teal suede shoes and a dark patterned tie, made no comment as he was rushed past a number of other court-goers and through the entrance before passing through security.

He was accused of four counts of sexual assault and one count of inducing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent between 2005 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire.

The allegations relate to three men in their 30s who claim they were assaulted when American actor Spacey was artistic director of the Old Vic Theater near Waterloo Station in London.

The actor was greeted by a crush when he arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court today

The actor was greeted by a crush when he arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today

Spacey was led past a crowd of photographers by police officers at Westminster Magistrates' Court as he was charged with sexual assault today

Spacey was led past a crowd of photographers by police officers at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as he was charged with sexual assault today

The Oscar winner pictured in the center was besieged by hordes of photographers

The Oscar winner pictured in the center was besieged by hordes of photographers

Kevin Spacey arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today

Kevin Spacey arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today

Spacey was led through the crowd by police outside Westminster Magistrates' Court today

Spacey was led through the crowd by police outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) approved charges against the actor last month, but the American could only be formally charged after he traveled to the UK earlier this week.

The charges are: twice sexually assaulting a man, now in his 40s, in March 2005 in London; sexual assault of a man, now in his 30s, resulting in him engaging in penetrative sexual activity without consent, in London in August 2008; sexually assaulting a man, now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.

Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner known for starring in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards, had previously announced he would travel to the UK to face the charges, which he is expected to deny.

Spacey navigated the large crowd of journalists outside Westminster Magistrates' Court today

Spacey navigated the large crowd of journalists outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today

Spacey pictured arriving at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today

Spacey pictured arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today

Spacey was surrounded by his legal team and police officers as he walked past hordes of photographers who had gathered outside Westminster Magistrates' Court today

Spacey was surrounded by his legal team and police officers as he walked past hordes of photographers who had gathered outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court today

Photographers surrounded Spacey as he arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court today

Photographers surrounded Spacey as he arrived at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today

Spacey on a red carpet in LA.  The actor faces sexual assault charges in London.  He denies the allegations and has announced that he will defend himself

Spacey on a red carpet in LA. The actor faces sexual assault charges in London. He denies the allegations and has announced that he will defend himself

In a statement released to Good Morning America after the CPS announcement, he said: “While I am disappointed in their decision to go ahead, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as it can be arranged and defend myself against these charges I am confident that I will prove my innocence.”

The most serious charge of inducing a man to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent is a charge-only offence, meaning it can only be tried in the Crown Court.

Spacey, whose address is given in court documents as a home in Waterloo, central London, was artistic director of the Old Vic between 2004 and 2015.