Actor Kevin Spacey is to be charged with a further seven sexual offences after an investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
The Crown Prosecution Service has said Spacey will face charges over alleged offences against one man between 2001 and 2004.
The charges include three counts of indecent assault, three counts of sexual assault, and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent according to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police allowed for further charges against the 63-year-old to be authorised. Spacey has pleaded not guilty to a string of allegations that stretch back 17 years.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, clarified the charges against the House of Cards actor in a statement, adding that officials had “also authorised one charge of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent”.
“The authority to charge follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation,” Ainslie added. “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”
Earlier legal action dismissed
Spacey is already facing five charges of sexual offences in the UK, including four counts of sexual assault and one count of causing penetrative sexual activity without consent.
He is set to begin the trial for these charges in June 2023.
“I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence,” he said following the initial charges.
The actor was dropped from his role in House of Cards shortly after allegations against him were made in 2017 by actor Anthony Rapp and was ordered to pay $31 million in lost revenue.
Rapp initially accused Kevin Spacey of making sexual advances towards him in 1986 – when Rapp was 14 years old.
After filing a legal action in September 2020, Rapp testified that he had decided to go to a bedroom during a party at Spacey’s Manhattan apartment, when Spacey walked into the room, seemingly intoxicated.
Rapp then alleged that Spacey touched him inappropriately, claiming he put him on the bed and climbed on top of him.
“It felt very wrong,” Rapp said. “I didn’t want him to do it, and I had no reason that made any sense of why he would do it. I felt like a deer in headlights.”
The case was later dismissed by the New York court after the jury found that Rapp did not sufficiently prove his claim that Spacey made the unwanted sexual advances.