Kevin Spacey: actor appears by video link to face fresh sexual offence charges - when is he next in UK court?

Kevin Spacey is due to appear in court again early in 2023

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has appeared in court by video-link from the Middle East accused of seven sexual offences against a man in the early 2000s.

Spacey appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court by video-link wearing a dark suit, white shirt, light blue tie, and glasses. He gave his full name, Kevin Spacey Fowler, date of birth and address as an apartment in Waterloo, central London.

Patrick Gibbs KC, defending, said although Spacey had been expected to appear from the US his “travel plans had changed” and he was instead appearing from the Middle East.

Chief magistrate Paul Goldspring, who had granted the application for him to appear by video-link, said: “He would not have got here from the airport, would he, with the rail strike.”

What are the allegations Spacey is facing?

The seven charges, including three counts of indecent assault, three counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent between 2001 and 2004, were not read out.

According to court papers, the allegations include sexual touching, touching over clothing and Spacey forcing the complainant’s hand against his privates over clothing.

Prosecutor Zoe Martin said: “The prosecution position is these offences are related to an indictment only matter that was previously sent to the Crown Court in respect of which this defendant is due to stand trial on 6 June next year.”

Kevin Spacey, pictured arriving at a previous hearing, appeared in court via video link.

Spacey, who was artistic director at The Old Vic between 2004 and 2015, was granted unconditional bail ahead of his next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on 13 January, when he is expected to appear in person.

He now faces a total of 12 charges relating to four men between 2001 and 2013. The two-time Academy Award winner, known for starring in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards, appeared at the Old Bailey in July to deny the five previous charges.

He pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. At the hearing, Mr Justice Wall granted Spacey unconditional bail ahead of a trial on 6 June next year.