Kevin Spacey acknowledged his influential status but emphasized that he used his position to “help others, to create art, to try and bring the Old Vic back to its magical days
In a dramatic turn of events at his sexual assault trial, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey vehemently dismissed the allegation that he grabbed a man’s crotch as “absolute bollocks.” The 63-year-old actor, who has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of sexual offenses, engaged in heated exchanges with prosecutors at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
The alleged offenses date back to the period between 2001 and 2013 when Kevin Spacey was predominantly living and working in Britain, including his tenure as the artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London. Four men have come forward as accusers, claiming that Spacey aggressively groped them and, in one instance, performed unwanted oral sex on an unconscious individual at his apartment. Kevin Spacey vehemently denied these allegations, stating that they were “completely wrong and upsetting.”
During the trial, prosecutor Christine Agnew labeled Spacey as a “big sexual bully” and suggested that grabbing men by their crotch was a recurring pattern for him. Spacey refuted this claim, stating his disagreement with the prosecutor’s assessment. Agnew further argued that Spacey’s position as the “golden boy of the London theater scene” during that time deterred potential accusers from coming forward due to his power and influence.
Addressing specific allegations, Kevin Spacey dismissed one complainant’s account as a fabrication from start to finish. He described the allegation as “absolute bollocks,” using British slang to underscore its falsehood. Agnew challenged Spacey’s denial by asserting that the incident in question involved a crotch grab, to which Spacey responded with surprise, asking if the man accused him of such an act.
Furthermore, Spacey attributed the motivations behind the accusations to monetary gain. He acknowledged being an affectionate person and admitted to engaging in casual sexual encounters. However, he stressed that any encounters he had were consensual and that he may have misread the signals sent by individuals involved.
Regarding another complainant, who accused Spacey of giving him an “awkward” hug, kissing his neck, and subsequently grabbing his crotch, Spacey admitted to making a “clumsy pass” but denied any sexual assault. He stated that he misinterpreted the signals and characterized his contact with the man as a mere “gentle touch.”
In his testimony, Spacey maintained that his interactions with the accusers were consensual, asserting that if they had wanted the encounters to stop, they should have communicated their discomfort to him.
As the trial continues, the courtroom remains captivated by the combative exchanges between Spacey and the prosecution, shedding light on the actor’s defense against the allegations leveled against him.