Kevin Spacey claims he touched sexual assault accuser in ‘romantic and intimate ways’July 14, 2023
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Kevin Spacey — who is on trial in London for allegedly sexually assaulting four men — testified Thursday that he simply touched one of his accusers in a “romantic” way.
“He was funny and charming and flirtatious; over time we began … I’m assuming it was me … began to touch him in more romantic and intimate ways,” the “House of Cards” alum, 63, told the court, according to CNN.
He then added, “I’m a big flirt.”
Spacey, who claims he and the unidentified man were together consensually, also detailed how the relationship allegedly evolved.
“Slowly over time it became more sexual, but to be clear, we never had sex because he made it clear he didn’t want to go any farther … and that happens sometimes with people, and I respect that,” the “American Beauty” star testified, per NBC.
Spacey went on to say that he liked his accuser “a lot,” adding, “We had a good time together. We laughed a lot.”
However, the alleged victim does not share the same feelings toward the Oscar winner.
The man, whose anonymity is protected under English law, reportedly called Spacey a “sexual predator” during an earlier testimony.
He claimed the “Usual Suspects” star once grabbed his crotch while he was driving and tried to groom him, according to NBC.
However, Spacey feels betrayed by his accuser, telling the court, “I never thought that [the man] I knew would … 20 years later stab me in the back.”
In late June, prosecutors slammed the “LA Confidential” star, calling him a “sexual bully.”
“A man who does not respect personal boundaries or space, a man who it would seem delights in making others feel powerless and uncomfortable — a sexual bully,” attorney Christine Agnew said at the time.
“His preferred method of assault is, it appears, to grab aggressively other men in the crotch.”
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Spacey was charged in June 2022 for allegedly assaulting the four men during his time as the artistic director of London’s Old Vic theater between 2004 and 2015.
The alleged victims, who are all in their 30s and 40s now, reportedly did not know each other but all “had the misfortune to attract” the actor’s attention, per prosecutors.
Spacey has denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges, which consist of three counts of indecent assault, seven of sexual assault, one of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
The “Seven” star, who came out as gay in 2017, has said he’s “confident” he will be able to prove his innocence in court.
Spacey’s UK trial is expected to last two more weeks.
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