American actor Kevin Spacey is set to appear before a court in the United Kingdom this week after being formally charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men.
Spacey will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in London at 10 a.m. local time on June 16 over the sexual assault charges, the Metropolitan Police Service announced in a statement on June 13.
The Metropolitan Police also charged Spacey, 62, with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
The charges relate to two alleged incidents in London in March 2005, a further two in August 2008, and another incident in Gloucestershire in April 2013.
The magistrate would determine if Spacey could be released on bail to await a trial.
The decision to formally charge Spacey came after the Crown Persecution Service authorized the criminal charges in May following “a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”
Under English law, charges cannot be formally applied until the defendant is physically in England.
Spacey is believed to have arrived in London with his American lawyer Alan Jackson over the weekend.
In a statement to Good Morning America last month, Spacey said he will “voluntarily appear in the U.K. as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence.”
According to London lawyers, a criminal trial might be a year up to 18 months away under the current backlog.
Spacey is embroiled in civil lawsuits and countersuits in a New York federal court after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of assault.
Spacey, an Academy Award-winning actor, was removed from his starring role in Netflix’s “House of Cards” in November 2017 as the sexual assault and misconduct allegations mounted against him.
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