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Kevin Spacey trial: The actor grabbed his crotch, and the court hears

Kevin Spacey trial: The actor grabbed his crotch, and the court hears
  • Written by Jasmine Anderson and Helena Wilkinson
  • BBC News

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Kevin Spacey arrives at Southwark Magistrates Court in London for the third day of his trial

Actor Kevin Spacey kissed a man twice and grabbed his thigh muscle while telling his alleged victim to “quiet,” a London court heard.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims the actor approached him after he accidentally set his dog loose.

His police interview was shown to a jury at Southwark Crown Court during the third day of Spacey’s trial.

The American actor faces 12 charges, all of which he denies.

The accused told the police in the recording that he was working in a bar at the time the actor came in with a small dog.

He said Mr. Spacey sat next to the sofa area and introduced himself.

The man later told the actor that there were “very limited” things to do in the area they were in and that he was meeting up with some friends at another bar after he finished work.

The man told the detective that Mr. Spacey replied, “Wow, I might see you there.”

When the man reached the other bar, he said he heard an American accent call his name and looked up to see Mr. Spacey.

The complainant then told the investigator that he and others then returned to where Mr. Spacey was staying for a few drinks.

The man said he turned around, picked up the dog, and brought him back to the room.

He then claimed that the actor approached him in a “huge motion”.

“We hugged an awkward guy…he hugged me, I kind of did on the back kind of thing.

“At that moment he kissed my neck twice and grabbed my thighs. He said twice ‘Be quiet, be quiet.’”

“I put my arm between us and pushed him against the wall. I said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not fighting for this team.'”

He said Mr. Spacey had a “panicked” look on his face and left the room.

The complainant said that he then stood “for a moment for a few seconds, almost disbelieving what had happened”.

He left the property and called his father in a “slight panic”.

In a police interview, he told the detective that he remembered thinking his father wouldn’t believe him because it was April Fool’s Day.

Mr. Spacey is charged with one count of sexual assault in connection with this complaint, which the actor denies.

In January, Mr. Spacey — who was referred to in court proceedings by his full name, Kevin Spacey Fowler — pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault, three counts of sexual assault, and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

He also previously pleaded guilty to four other counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent.

All four defendants are entitled to anonymity for life by law.