Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has denied several allegations of abuse at a hearing in London. The BBC reports that the 63-year-old pleaded “not guilty” to all charges via video link on Friday. The star of the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ has been accused of sexually harassing a man in England on seven counts between 2001 and 2005 and engaging him in sexual acts against his will.
In all, the two-time Academy Award winner (“American Beauty”) is now accused of 12 sexual offenses against four men. At the time of the alleged crime, Spacey was the artistic director of London’s The Old Vic Theatre. The famous house reported 20 complaints received against the American for his inappropriate behavior. Spacey had already dismissed several allegations in London last July. At that time he appeared in court in person. The trial is scheduled to begin on June 6 in the British capital.
Despite allegations of abuse in the UK, Spacey will receive a Stella della Mole Film Award for his life’s work from Italy’s National Film Museum. He arrived in Turin on Friday, where the award will be presented to him. The planned tribute sparked heated debates – for example in associations working against discrimination and abuse in Italy: “Victims of abuse never have the same opportunity to speak out as accused celebrities. I can’t say whether Spacey is responsible for the abuse, whether he is,” Gigi Malaruda stressed. Morris Union spokesperson “or not, but since he has been charged, he should not be given an award.”
The actor returned to the camera in Turin last year. He plays the lead detective in L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio, The Man Who Painted God.
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