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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
Actor and producer Kevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men in the UK, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed.
The 62-year-old was charged after the Metropolitan Police reviewed evidence following a series of complaints.
The alleged incidents are said to have taken place in London between March 2005 and August 2008, and also in Gloucestershire in April 2013.
According to the Metropolitan Police, all three men are now in their 30s and 40s.
The CPS confirmed Spacey has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.
"He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.
"The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial," her statement concluded.
Spacey is a famous name in Hollywood as he's a two-time Academy Award winner. The actor is best known for his Oscar-winning roles including Best Actor for American Beauty in 2000 and Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects in 1996.
The American actor was also previously the artistic director at London's The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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