Actor/producer Kevin Spacey talks at a museum event on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexually assaulting three men in the United Kingdom, the Crown Prosecution Service announced on Thursday.
His charges include four counts of sexual assault against three men between March 2005 and April 2013.
“He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” Rosemary Ainslie, who heads the CPS Special Crime Division, said in a statement. “The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”
One of the charges listed by CPS appears to carry a possible life sentence under U.K. law if proven in court.
Four of the alleged incidents took place in London, and the fifth happened in Gloucester, according to the authorities.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which is the primary law enforcement agency in London, listed the counts and the ages of the alleged victims as follows:
• Sexual assault (Count 1) on a man, who is now in his 40s, in March 2005 in London;
• Sexual assault (Count 2) on a man, who is in now in his 40s [the same complainant as Count 1] in March 2005 in London;
• Sexual assault (Count 3) on a man, who is now in his 30s, in August 2008 in London;
• Sexual assault (Count 4) on another man, who is now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.
The first section, 3(1), reads as follows, according to a website which lists legislation in the U.K.: