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Kevin Spacey facing seven new sexual offense charges amid comeback effort

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Disgraced out actor Kevin Spacey is now facing seven new sexual offense charges in the United Kingdom, in addition to four other sexual offense charges he was previously facing in the U.K. The actor is also attempting to mount a career comeback with two films on the way.

The charges, which are in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred between 2001 and 2004, include three charges of sexual assault, three of indecent assault, and one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS is the government agency responsible for gathering evidence and prosecuting alleged crimes in England and Wales.

In July, Spacey pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual assault against three men between 2005 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire. The assaults allegedly occurred while Spacey served as artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theatre.

Spacey’s U.K. trial date is set for June 2023.

Prior to the allegations against Spacey, he was known as an Academy Award-winning actor who appeared in The Usual Suspects (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), American Beauty (1999), and Recount (2008). He also starred in House of Cards, which was Netflix’s first original program on television, for five seasons.

Then in October 2017, several men alleged that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them as children or teens, offenses that allegedly took place as far back as the 1980s. Out award-winning actor Anthony Rapp was one of Spacey’s first accusers.

In denying the allegations, Spacey ended up coming out publicly for the first time. A court later found Spacey not liable for damages sought by Rapp. All the other U.S. charges against Spacey were either dropped by prosecutors, dismissed by courts, or withdrawn by his accusers.

In 2020, Spacey was ordered via arbitration to pay $31 million to MRC, the studio that produced House of Cards, for allegedly violating its sexual harassment policy. Sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey from the show’s crew members caused Netflix to drop episodes it had ordered from MRC. Spacey’s appeal to have the $31 million payment overturned was denied on August 4, 2022.

Spacey is scheduled to speak at Italy’s National Museum of Cinema and receive a lifetime achievement award there on January 16, 2023, Variety reported. He will also appear in two upcoming films: a mystery entitled Peter Five Eight and a historic drama entitled 1242: Gateway to the West.

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