Actor Kevin Spacey said Tuesday that he will voluntarily appear before the British courts to defend himself against four charges of sexual assault against three men, committed in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2013.
In a statement sent to ABC’s Good Morning America, Spacey said he is confident he will prove his innocence.
Last Thursday, British prosecutors authorized the filing of four charges of sexual assault against three men, committed in the United Kingdom between 2005 and 2013.
Spacey could only be formally charged with the offenses if he were arrested in England or Wales.
The director of the prosecution’s special crime division, Rosemary Ainslie, said in a statement that he also has been charged with coercing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent.
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Ainslie specifies in the note that the charges are attributed to him after reviewing the data collected in an investigation by the London Metropolitan Police, also known as Scotland Yard. She also warns that it is very important that no information is disseminated in the press or the Internet that could raise prejudice against this case.
The American actor resided for several years in London, where he held the position of artistic director of The Old Vic theater between 2004 and 2015.
Officials at that iconic London venue indicated in 2017 that they had received complaints from 20 people who claimed they were sexually harassed by Spacey, who also faced charges for such offenses in the United States.