Kevin Spacey, a Hollywood actor, said in a statement posted Tuesday that he will voluntarily appear in a British court on sexual assault charges, adding that he is confident he will prove his innocence.
Kevin Spacey was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of “forcing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” according to British police and prosecutors.
Between 2004 to 2015, the two-time Oscar winner for “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty” served as creative director of London’s Old Vic Theatre.
“I very much appreciate the Crown Prosecution Service’s statement in which they carefully reminded the media and the public that I am entitled to a fair trial, and innocent until proven otherwise,” Spacey said in a statement to the Good Morning America TV show.
“While I am disappointed with their decision to move forward, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence.”
According to Variety magazine, British officials planned to seek Spacey’s extradition.
The allegations against him surfaced in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, which witnessed several claims of sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment business.
The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation, as well as an assessment of the 62-year-old Spacey’s tenure at The Old Vic.
Spacey’s participation in the filming of the final season of the political drama “House of Cards” was halted in 2017 because to allegations against him.
Spacey is a New York-based actor who is widely regarded as one of the best of his generation. In the past, he has refuted similar allegations in the United States.