Kevin Spacey faces court again for alleged sexual assaults
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey appeared in court today in London, facing twelve accusations of alleged sexual assaults. Despite the serious charges, Spacey displayed confidence during his court appearance.
Spacey arrived at Southwark Crown Court on the banks of the River Thames early in the morning, accompanied by a black London taxi. Wearing a dark suit, light blue shirt, and pink tie, he greeted the awaiting press with a smile and a "Good morning." Even during the brief walk to the courthouse, Spacey exuded self-assurance, a demeanor that continued throughout the day. Inside courtroom number 1, he took his place in the defendant's glass enclosure, customary in such cases. From there, he attentively observed the judge's opening of the trial and the swearing-in of the jury. Ultimately, it will be the jury that determines Spacey's guilt or innocence.
This is not the first time Spacey has faced a trial for alleged sexual assaults. Since the initial accusations surfaced in 2017, the 63-year-old actor has experienced a dramatic decline in his career.
His lead role as Frank Underwood in the Netflix series "House of Cards" came to an abrupt end. On Christmas 2018, Spacey released a video, seemingly eager to be in front of the camera and defend his reputation. In "Let Me Be Frank," he expresses sentiments he would likely want to share with the jury in the courtroom: "Would you believe the worst without evidence? Would you rush to judgment without facts? You're smarter than that." At the end of the video, he emphasizes the deceiving nature of conclusions.
Currently, it is uncertain what conclusions the London jury will reach. Kevin Spacey has not been convicted of sexual assaults thus far. Two cases against him in the United States were dropped, and another civil trial in New York concluded last autumn in Spacey's favor with an acquittal. The ongoing trial in London is expected to last approximately four weeks.