He was once one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.
But then accusations of sexual assault destroyed his promising career.
But now Kevin Spacey is all smiles after the jury made this one shocking announcement.
A London jury recently found actor Kevin Spacey not guilty of all nine counts of sexual assault against four men.
Already planning his comeback
The four-week trial ended in no convictions against Spacey, who had flatly denied all allegations made against him by the four men.
Spacey has claimed all along that the four men misrepresented intimate moments they shared with him by claiming Spacey abused or assaulted them.
He had said the men did this to get a large financial payout.
After the trial ended with no convictions for Spacey, he indicated he was already planning his return to Hollywood.
Spacey was acquitted on all charges against him, including the case of one male victim who alleged he awoke to Spacey performing oral sex on him.
While that one was one of the most widely reported of the alleged assaults, more men came forward to make claims against the actor.
The first sexual-assault accusations against Spacey came to light in 2017 when fellow actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed that Spacey had sexually assaulted him when he was 14.
Spacey initially responded to the charges with a strange and befuddled apology note.
In the note, Spacey came out as gay.
Many gay rights advocates blasted Spacey for using the charges against him to come out saying he was conflating homosexuality and pedophilia.
Spacey claimed not to remember the incident
He wrote on Twitter at the time, “If I did behave then as he describes. I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years.”
At the time, Spacey was starring in Netflix’s House of Cards, and his career was seemingly untouchable.
But following the initial wave of allegations, which came during the heat of the so-called #MeToo movement, Spacey was dropped by his talent agency and publicist, fired from House of Cards, and dropped from film projects.
The disgraced actor retreated from public life, claiming he was seeking “evaluation and treatment.”
But through the following years, he occasionally resurfaced to attempt film comebacks as well as post bizarre defenses of himself on YouTube and Twitter.
Spacey got his first vindication in October 2022, and Rapp’s case went to trial in New York.
Rapp was seeking $40 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
Spacey denied Rapp’s allegations on the stand, telling the court, “They are not true.”
The actor also expressed regret about his attempted public apology to Rapp back in 2017, saying he only did it because his publicist “encouraged” him to make the statement.
“I’ve learned a lesson, which is never apologize for something that you didn’t do. I regret my entire statement,” said Spacey.
The case against him was dismissed after a jury ruled that Spacey was not liable for battery.
More charges and then total victory
Overall more than 30 men came forward, making allegations against Spacey after Rapp went public.
Spacey was accused of everything from nonconsensual groping to the attempted rape of minors.
The first of Spacey’s charges in the U.K. arrived during the summer of 2022, resulting from alleged incidents that allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire during Spacey’s tenure at London’s Old Vic Theatre.
But that wasn’t all; the British government authorized seven more criminal charges for a series of sexual assaults, all involving the same person, that allegedly took place in London and Gloucester between 2001 and 2004.
Three more complainants testified during the month-long trial, each detailing alleged encounters with Spacey that they claimed involved groping and, in one instance, nonconsensual oral sex.
A jury found Spacey not guilty.
Spacey has commented on the London case saying, “In 10 years, it won’t mean anything.”
And Spacey said in June, before the beginning of the sexual assault trial, “My work will live longer than I will, and that’s what will be remembered.”
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