Kevin Spacey attends book launch in London

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Kevin Spacey with Cindy Lass at the launch of the book Cindy Lass: A Colourful Pawtrait held at the Chelsea Arts Club (James Gifford-Mead/PA)
Kevin Spacey with Cindy Lass at the launch of the book Cindy Lass: A Colourful Pawtrait held at the Chelsea Arts Club (James Gifford-Mead/PA)

Kevin Spacey has attended a book launch after his appearance in court.

It comes after the Oscar-winning actor formally entered not guilty pleas on Thursday to sexual assault charges dating back 17 years.

The 62-year-old was seen at the launch of Cindy Lass: A Colourful Pawtrait, at the Chelsea Arts Club in London.

Gina Clarke’s book is a biography of Lass, a self-taught painter who has done “pawtraits” of dogs owned by high-profile names including the Queen, Sir Elton John and Cate Blanchett.

She began painting, inspired by her mother, after she missed out on a role in EastEnders.

Since then, she has raised money for Sir Elton’s Aids foundation and the Royal Horticultural Society.

It comes after Spacey pleaded not guilty to five allegations of sexual abuse.

The House Of Cards actor will stand trial in June next year.

Spacey is accused of offences against three different men between 2005 and 2013, during the period when he was artistic director at the Old Vic theatre.

At the Old Bailey, he was asked to confirm his full name – Kevin Spacey Fowler – and his date of birth before repeating ‘not guilty’ five times to the charges he faces.

During the last hearing, at Westminster magistrates court, the star’s barrister Patrick Gibbs QC said: “Mr Spacey strenuously denies any and all criminality in this case.”

Mr Justice Wall set a trial of three to four weeks from June 6 next year.

The judge said the case would be transferred to the Old Bailey unless the date could be accommodated at Southwark Crown Court.

A further hearing will take place earlier in 2023.

Spacey, a two-time Academy Award winner, is known for his roles in American Beauty and The Usual Suspects.

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