Kevin Spacey tells London courtroom sexual assault accusation is ‘absolute bollocks’ By Reuters

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© Reuters. Actor Kevin Spacey walks outdoors Southwark Crown Courtroom, as his trial over expenses associated to allegations of intercourse offences continues, in London, Britain, July 14, 2023. REUTERS/Hollie Adams

By Sam Tobin

LONDON (Reuters) -Kevin Spacey described an allegation he grabbed a person’s crotch as “absolute bollocks” on Friday, in combative exchanges with prosecutors on the Oscar-winning actor’s sexual assault trial.

Spacey, 63, has pleaded not responsible at London’s Southwark Crown Courtroom to 12 expenses of sexual offences allegedly dedicated in opposition to 4 males in Britain between 2001 and 2013.

The offences allegedly happened at a time when he was primarily residing and dealing in Britain, together with from 2003 as inventive director of the Previous Vic theatre in London.

The 4 accusers have stated Spacey aggressively groped them and, within the case of 1 complainant, carried out oral intercourse on him whereas he was handed out in Spacey’s flat, which Spacey stated was “utterly flawed and upsetting”.

The 2-time Academy Award winner described the prosecution case as “weak” as he was questioned on Friday by prosecutor Christine Agnew, who known as him “an enormous sexual bully”.

Agnew prompt to Spacey that grabbing males by the crotch was “your MO, that is your trademark and that is what you do”. He replied: “I disagree with you.”

The prosecutor stated Spacey was on the time “the golden boy of the London theatre scene”, which means accusers have been unlikely to return ahead due to his energy and affect.

Spacey stated he was influential however that he used his affect “to assist others, to create artwork, to try to convey the Previous Vic again to its magical days”.

He added that he didn’t have “an influence wand I waved in entrance of individuals’s faces” that made them wish to have intercourse with him.

“I respect when individuals inform me they don’t seem to be and that is what I’ve carried out my complete life,” he stated.

Spacey thanked the jury after which the choose as he concluded his proof and returned to the dock.

‘ABSOLUTE BOLLOCKS’

Agnew earlier requested Spacey a couple of complainant who alleges Spacey painfully grabbed his crotch like “a cobra” within the mid-2000s.

Spacey stated the person had “made up his whole story from starting to finish”.

He additionally described the allegation as “absolute bollocks”, utilizing a British slang time period for testicles and for one thing which is unfaithful.

Agnew replied: “Yep – as a result of that is precisely the place you probably did seize him, is not it?”

Spacey requested: “Did he accuse me of grabbing his bollocks?” He then stated: “I did not.”

The American actor was additionally requested why he thought the accuser was making up his allegations. Spacey replied: “Cash, cash after which cash.”

He stated he was “an affectionate particular person”, including: “I, at occasions, was promiscuous and I had informal, indiscriminate sexual encounters.”

The actor was requested about one of many 4 complainants, who alleges Spacey gave him an “awkward” hug, kissing his neck after which grabbed his crotch, after he went with mates to the place Spacey was staying close to Oxford in central England.

Spacey has admitted making a “clumsy go” on the man, however denied sexually assaulting him.

“I positively misinterpret the indicators that I assumed (the person) was sending, I settle for that,” Spacey stated on Friday, including that his contact with the person was simply “a delicate contact”.

Spacey described his encounters with two of the opposite complainants as “consensual interactions”, including: “In the event that they went additional than they wished, they did not inform me.”

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