Actor Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault

Actor Kevin Spacey released a YouTube video (above) on Monday, in which he adopts the persona of his House Of Cards character, Frank Underwood.
Actor Kevin Spacey released a YouTube video (above) on Monday, in which he adopts the persona of his House Of Cards character, Frank Underwood.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been charged in connection with an allegation that he sexually abused an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, more than two years ago, the local district attorney said on Monday.

Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned at the Nantucket District Court on Jan 7 on a single charge of indecent assault and battery on a person who is at least 14 years old, according to court documents and a statement issued by Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe.

An attorney for Spacey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The actor, however, released a video on YouTube on Monday in which he adopts the persona of his character, Frank Underwood, in the popular Netflix television series, House Of Cards.

In it, he says: "I know what you want. You want me back... You wouldn't rush to judgment without facts, would you?"

The three-minute video makes no specific reference to the Massachusetts allegation.

The charge against Spacey, 59, whose full name is Kevin Spacey Fowler, was filed after a Dec 20 hearing, Mr O'Keefe said. The name on the complaint was Kevin S. Fowler.

 
 
 

The charge against Spacey follows an allegation in November last year by Boston television journalist Heather Unruh that her 18-year-old son was sexually assaulted by the actor at the Club Car restaurant and bar in Nantucket on July 7, 2016.

At a news conference in which she made the allegations, Ms Unruh said her "star-struck" son falsely told the actor he was old enough to drink when he met him at the bar. The legal age to drink alcoholic beverages in Massachusetts is 21.

"Kevin Spacey bought him drink after drink after drink and, when my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him," Ms Unruh said at the news conference last year.

"He did not report the crime at the time and that was largely because of embarrassment and fear," she said.

Ms Unruh said her son filed a report with the police in Nantucket, a resort island off the southern coast of Massachusetts, shortly before her news conference.

More than 30 men have said they were victims of unwanted sexual advances by Spacey, who became embroiled in controversy last year when actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.

In October last year, Spacey apologised for any inappropriate conduct with Rapp, but has not commented since.

The fallout resulted in Spacey, who won a Best Actor Oscar in 2000 for American Beauty, being dropped from the final season of House Of Cards and erased from the 2017 movie, All The Money In The World.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2018, with the headline 'Actor Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault'. Print Edition | Subscribe