UK authorities are considering the formal extradition of Kevin Spacey from the US on four counts of sexual assault unless he comes to the UK voluntarily.
The 62-year-old actor may be detained by US police on behalf of the UK so that he can be formally charged.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on Thursday cleared all four charges relating to alleged attacks on three men between 2005 and 2013 – following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police.
Nick Vamos, a former CPS extradition official, told the Guardian that formal extradition could take several months, with US officials having to analyze documents sent from Britain.
UK authorities are considering the formal extradition of Kevin Spacey (pictured) from the US on four sexual assault charges unless he comes to the UK voluntarily
The offenses allegedly took place between 2005 (pictured) and 2013, when Spacey was one of the world’s biggest stars
They would then need to feel that there was “probable cause” for the offenses to have occurred, before finding and detaining the actor.
“The US Department of Justice will assign US Marshals to find Mr. Spacey and bring him to federal court. He always had the option to surrender and not challenge the extradition,” Mr Vamos told the newspaper.
The former CPS official said it is harder to resist an extradition request in the US than in Britain.
If he doesn’t challenge the process, it could happen within weeks, Vamos said.
Kevin Spacey outside the Old Vic theater in London, where he was artistic director for 11 years. The alleged sexual assaults allegedly took place during this period
He added that extradition offered greater protections because Mr Spacey would only have charges against him that had been accepted by the United States, as part of the process.
If he returns to the UK and is charged, then he could be back in the US fairly quickly, if bail arrangements allow him to cross the Atlantic.
The four counts relate to alleged attacks on three men in London and Gloucestershire.
Kevin Spacey holds up his Best Actor Oscar at the 72nd Academy Awards for his role in American Beauty. He posed with Michael Caine, who won the Best Supporting Actor gong
The first alleged attack in London allegedly involved a man, now in his 40s, in March 2005.
The actor is accused of pushing another man, now in his 30s, to engage in penetrative sex without consent in August 2008, in London.
And Mr Spacey allegedly sexually assaulted another man, now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.
Kevin Spacey faces four counts of sexual assault against three men
The Hollywood star faces four charges:
sexual assault (Count 1) on a man, now in his forties, in March 2005 in London;
sexual assault (Count 2) on a man, who is now in his forties [the same complainant as Count 1] in March 2005 in London;
sexual assault (Count 3) on a man, now in his thirties, in August 2008 in London;
sexual assault (Count 4) on another man, who is now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.
He is also accused of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent – in August 2008 in London [the same complainant as Count 3].
The actor, who was seen in House of Cards and was the artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London from 2004 to 2015, has denied all the allegations.
He won two Oscars. The first was in 1995 for Best Supporting Actor in The Usual Suspects for his role as gangster Keyser Söze.
On Friday, Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS’s Special Crimes Division, said: “The CPS has authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, on four counts of sexual assault against three men.”
“The CPS also cleared a charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent. The clearance to charge follows a review of evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that the criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are active and that he is entitled to a fair trial.”
A spokesperson said the CPS had cleared charges against Kevin Spacey, but he had not yet been charged by police.
Spacey is a two-time Oscar winner and known for starring roles in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards.
He came out as gay in 2017.
The actor, 62, was questioned on bail by the Metropolitan Police’s Complex Cases Team in America in 2019. They referred a case to the CPS last year.
Mr Spacey did not attend the Cannes Film Festival last week. But he is one of the stars of a low budget movie called Peter Five Eight.
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