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According to British Media agency, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in a London court to four counts of sexual assault and one count of inciting another person to engage in penetrative sexual behavior without consent.
The “House of Cards” actor, 62, was formally charged in June with four counts of sexual assault against three men and a fifth count of inciting another person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. He appeared before the Old Bailey wearing a blue suit and tie.
At his most recent court appearance in June, Spacey gave deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram his name, date of birth, and London residence in addition to hearing the accusations against him read aloud in front of the court.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a man twice in London in 2005, a second time in London against a different guy in 2008, and a third time against a different man in Gloucestershire, western England, in 2013. The 2013 incident is also mentioned in connection with the fifth charge of non-consensual penetrative activity.
During the hearing on Thursday, the court, Mr. Justice Wall, scheduled a three- to four-week trial beginning on June 6, 2023.
Spacey served as the creative director of London’s Old Vic theater from 2003 to 2015 and is a two-time Academy Award winner for his performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.”
He just made a comeback to acting and appeared in the Netflix political series “House of Cards.”
Following his sexual assault lawsuit in the U.K., Kevin Spacey will no longer be playing the lead in the Genghis Khan movie being peddled in Cannes.
The actor was slated to star in the historical drama “1242: Gateway to the West,” about a holy man of a Hungarian castle who tries to stop one of Genghis Khan’s armies from invading Europe. The movie was being shopped at the Cannes film market. Spacey was supposed to portray the divine figure.
The English-language “Gateway to the West,” which will be directed by Péter Soós, will start a two-month shoot on October 17. It will cost between $10 million and $25 million. Eric Roberts and Christopher Lambert also star in the film, which has the support of Foresight Media, LipSync, and the National Film Institute of Hungary.
But according to Bill Chamberlain, the film’s producer, Spacey, has been replaced as the lead role after the former “House of Cards” actor was accused of four counts of sexual assault in the U.K. A new lead is now the subject of negotiations; their identity will be made public soon.