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Kevin Spacey gets bail at UK sexual assault hearing – Deadline

Actor Kevin Spacey was given unconditional bail at a magistrates court hearing in London’s Westminster this morning after the sexual assault case against him was referred to Southwark Crown Court.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikran said he did not believe that Spacey, appearing under his full name Kevin Spacey Fowler, posed a flight risk and was therefore free to move freely in the run-up to his trial, including traveling to the US for work.

Natalie Dawson, who is pursuing the case before the Crown, had requested that Spacey be released on bail on the condition that he surrender his travel documents and passport to ensure the US citizen does not leave the UK. She also suggested that he sleep at his London address and not contact witnesses to the prosecution except through his lawyers if necessary.

Speaking to Spacey, Deputy Chief Magistrate Ikran said: “You have cooperated, I am told, and this has not been challenged by the Crown at all. [Prosecution Service], with the authorities in New York and you voluntarily attended this procedure today. Indeed, I have withdrawn the warrant issued before your arrest because it was not necessary. I’m not convinced, given everything I’ve heard about you, that you won’t surrender, which is the real concern.”

The case of the double Oscar winner was referred to Southwark Crown Court on 14 July at 9.30am. He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

Spacey arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court with an entourage of legal advisers, dressed in a light blue suit, blue-spotted tie and blue suede brogues, emerging from a Mercedes limousine before being overrun by legions of photographers, TV news cameramen and reporters. He is represented by Patrick Gibbs QC, who has represented many high profile clients in the UK.

After the bail order, Spacey was led out of Court One and waited with his legal team to meet them in Consultation Room 2. Deadline approached the actor, who nodded in response and then looked away.

Gibbs was the only member of his four-man team to give his name, as three other legal representatives refused to disclose their identities. However, it turned out that Spacey’s instructing attorney Oliver Schneider was Sikorsky of the London BCL chambers.

Two members of the court’s security service stood guard outside the consultation room, which was reserved for ‘the resident’ of Court One.

On Monday, Spacey was formally charged with four counts of assault and “causing a person to engage in invasive sexual activity without consent” by the Metropolitan Police after a review of evidence by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Kevin Spacey Westminster Magistrates Court

Kevin Spacey leaves Westminster Magistrates Court after unconditional bail
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The alleged historic crimes span a period from 2005-2013 in London and the county of Gloucester and targeted three men, all of whom are now between 30 and 40 years old.

Spacey recently said he would appear “voluntarily” in a British court over the offences. The american beauty and House of cards star gave a statement Good morning America on May 31 in which he said he is “confident” that he can prove his innocence.

Once one of Hollywood’s biggest and most affordable stars, Spacey’s career came to a halt after actor Anthony Rapp first came out in 2017 with allegations about his sexual behavior. A series of other complaints followed in both the US and the UK. In Britain, Spacey was Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater in London from 2003 to 2015, but in November 2017 the theater company announced it had received 20 charges of inappropriate conduct against him.

After resigning, he returned to the public eye this year with two Cannes projects, Peter five eightwhich is completed, and 1242 – Gateway to the Westto be included this year.’

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