US actor Kevin Spacey was launched on bail in his first look in a London courtroom on Thursday after being charged with 5 offences, together with 4 counts of sexual assault.
Spacey spoke to verify his title, date of start and London tackle throughout a short procedural listening to, and a date of July 14 was set for his subsequent listening to.
He was granted unconditional bond after his lawyer instructed the courtroom that he must return to america between courtroom dates to work and see his household.
The 62-year-old “Home of Playing cards” actor was charged final month with 4 counts of sexual assault in opposition to three males, together with a fifth rely of inflicting an individual to interact in nonconsensual penetrative sexual exercise.
Spacey’s lawyer instructed the courtroom that he “strongly denies” all allegations of criminality.
The actor appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom in a light-weight blue swimsuit, darkish tie and glasses on Thursday, and was greeted by a big crowd of reporters and photographers.
The fees he faces embrace two counts of sexual assault in opposition to a person in London in 2005; a 3rd sexual assault cost, additionally in London, in opposition to a distinct man in 2008; and a last cost in opposition to a person in Gloucestershire, west of England, in 2013. The fifth cost of non-consensual penetrative exercise additionally pertains to the 2013 incident.
The alleged sufferer of the 2005 incidents is now 40 years outdated, whereas the 2 males allegedly concerned within the 2008 and 2013 incidents at the moment are 30 years outdated, the London Metropolitan Police mentioned.
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service cleared the fees in opposition to Spacey in late Might, however the expenses couldn’t be formally pursued till Monday, when he was within the UK.
Spacey received two Academy Awards for his roles in “The Traditional Suspects” and “American Magnificence,” and was inventive director of London’s Outdated Vic theater from 2003 to 2015.
He additionally starred within the Netflix political sequence “Home of Playing cards” and returned to performing final 12 months.