- A London jury has found actor Kevin Spacey not guilty on all sexual assault charges brought against him.
- Spacey testified in his own defense during the trial, describing the impact of the allegations on his life and career.
- The verdict raises the possibility of Spacey making a comeback in Hollywood, despite not having worked for six years since the allegations surfaced in 2017.
In a verdict that shocked observers and court attendees, a London jury declared Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey not guilty of sexual assault charges.
The verdict arrived after an emotional two days of testimony from Spacey, which he concluded by acknowledging the impact the allegations have had on his life and career.
Tears streamed down the actor’s face as the final “not guilty” verdict was announced.
The 64-year-old actor expressed gratitude to the jury, saying, “I am enormously grateful to the jury for having taken the time to examine all of the evidence and all of the facts carefully before they reached their decision.”
He added, “I imagine that many of you can understand that there’s a lot for me to process after what has just happened today.”
The courtroom was filled with drama as Spacey, who has not worked for six years following the 2017 sexual abuse allegations, opened up about the impact of the accusations on his life.
“My world exploded,” Spacey testified.
“There was a rush to judgment and before the first question was asked or answered, I lost my job, I lost my reputation, I lost everything in a matter of days.”
The allegations against Spacey were brought by three men who claimed the actor had inappropriately touched them, and a fourth man who alleged he had woken up to Spacey performing oral sex on him.
Despite the severity of the accusations, the jury deliberated for 12.5 hours over three days before finding Spacey not guilty on all nine charges.
As part of the defense, Spacey acknowledged being a “big flirt” and admitted to making a “clumsy pass,” but vehemently denied any non-consensual actions.
His lawyer, Patrick Gibbs, accused the accusers of jumping on the #MeToo “bandwagon” in the hope of profiting from the allegations.
In light of the verdict, London media lawyer Mark Stephens predicts Spacey could now return to acting “without a stain on his character.”