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UK charges Kevin Spacey with 4 counts of sexual assault

In this photo from February 26, 2015, actor Kevin Spacey poses for photographers on the red carpet in London. (Justin Tallis/AFP)
In this photo from February 26, 2015, actor Kevin Spacey poses for photographers on the red carpet in London. (Justin Tallis/AFP)

LONDON — Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey is facing sexual assault charges in the UK, police and prosecutors say, after a review of allegations against him.

The two-time Oscar winner for “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty” was artistic director of The Old Vic theater in London between 2004 and 2015.

Allegations against him first emerged in the wake of the #MeToo movement that saw numerous claims of sexual assault and harassment in the movie industry.

That prompted an investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police, and a review by The Old Vic of the 62-year-old Spacey’s time in charge there.

The Crown Prosecution Service says in a statement that it had “authorized criminal charges” against the actor “for four counts of sexual assault against three men.”

“He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” says Rosemary Ainslie, from the service.

“The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation,” adds Ainslie, who heads the special crime division.

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