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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the United Kingdom said on Thursday that American actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with four charges of sexual assault against three men.
According to the CPS, Spacey was also charged with one offence of causing someone to engage in penetrative sexual intercourse without their consent.
The allegations stem from two claimed instances in London in 2005, two more in 2008, and still another in Gloucestershire, western England, in 2013.
According to London’s Metropolitan Police, the accused victim of the 2005 assaults is now in his 40s, and the two men allegedly involved in the 2008 and 2013 incidents are now in their 30s.
The decision to charge Spacey was made “after an assessment of the information acquired by the Metropolitan Police Service in the course of its investigation,” according to the force.
While the charges were authorized on Thursday, Spacey is now outside of England and Wales, and they cannot be formally applied until he enters one of those countries, according to a CPS spokesperson. The FBI did not say whether it would pursue Spacey’s extradition if he did not comply.
Spacey earned two Academy Awards for his parts in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty,” and served as creative director of the Old Vic theater in London from 2003 to 2015.
He also just returned to acting after starring in the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.”