'Kevin Spacey fans care more for art than scandal': Producers of Oscar-winning actor's new movie Peter Five Eight defend star after he's accused of sex attacks on three men in Britain

  • Spacey, 62, is accused of a series of sex attacks on three men in eight years in London and Gloucestershire
  • First alleged victim claims he was sexually assaulted twice in March 2005, when Spacey ran Old Vic theatre
  • Second man told police he was sexually assaulted and forced to engage in a sex act against his will in 2008
  • Third man told prosecutors in Britain he was sexually assaulted by Spacey in April 2013 in Gloucestershire
  • In total, Spacey is to be charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent
  • No court date has been set. The CPS could not confirm if Spacey, who has homes in Britain and the US, will need to be extradited to the UK. He is currently in New York

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Kevin Spacey's new film will not be canned as its producers sensationally claimed the decision to charge him with carrying out sex attacks in the UK was 'timed' to scupper the movie's release.

The Oscar-winning star, 62, has been accused of a string of sexual offences in Britain by three men over eight years while he ran one of London's most historic theatres, the Old Vic.

Yet despite a court case in Britain now looming, the producers of Peter Five Eight — in which Spacey plays a villain - said today that the movie, debuted at Cannes last week, will still be released later this year because his 'fans care more for the art than the scandal'.

Spacey, who has barely worked since leaving Netflix's House of Cards 2017, plays Peter, a 'charismatic man in a black sedan who shows up in a small mountainside community' and co-stars with actress Rebecca De Mornay,  star of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.

But Ms De Mornay also becomes a love interest whom Peter targets for information at the urging of his 'shadowy' boss Mr Lock. As the film goes on it appears Spacey is a creepy hitman, because he is shown carrying a handgun and a sniper's rifle.

Only the trailer has been made public, which critics have branded 'two straight minutes of cringe' and 'laughably amateurish'.

'There are those who wish for him not to act, but they are outnumbered by fans worldwide who await an artist they have enjoyed for decades returning to the screen', a spokesman for the production company said, adding: 'Peter Five Eight is a film for fans who care more for the art than the scandal'.

The statement to Variety added: 'The production has no knowledge or comment on the various swirling allegations, and believe it's a matter for the courts to determine validity if it exists. While it's unfortunate that increased negative press is timed with Kevin returning to work, it's also to be expected'.

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Kevin Spacey's return to the big screen will not be postponed, the producers of new movie Peter Five Eight have said

Kevin Spacey's return to the big screen will not be postponed, the producers of new movie Peter Five Eight have said

Spacey co-stars with actress Rebecca De Mornay, who becomes a love interest he shakes down for information
Spacey co-stars with actress Rebecca De Mornay, who becomes a love interest he shakes down for information

Spacey co-stars with actress Rebecca De Mornay, star of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, who becomes a love interest he shakes down for information

The producers of the film have said the charges were 'timed' to scupper the movie's release, which will go ahead as planned

The producers of the film have said the charges were 'timed' to scupper the movie's release, which will go ahead as planned

Kevin Spacey is in New York (pictured yesterday). It is not clear if he will come to the UK voluntarily or face extradition

Kevin Spacey is in New York (pictured yesterday). It is not clear if he will come to the UK voluntarily or face extradition

Kevin  Spacey is charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men

The Hollywood star is charged with four offences:

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.

He is also accused of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent - in August 2008 in London [the same complainant as Count 3].

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The star is accused of four counts of sexual assault against three men between 2005 and 2013 in London and Gloucestershire, after a probe was launched by the Met Police in 2017.

It is also alleged Spacey 'caused a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent' on one of the same three men.

The Crown Prosecution Service today revealed one man, now in his 40s, claims he was sexually assaulted twice in March 2005. 

A second man, now in his 30s, claims that in August 2008 he was sexually assaulted and then forced to engage in a sex act against his will. All these alleged incidents took place in London.

Finally the third complainant, now in his 30s, said he was sexually assaulted in April 2013 in Gloucestershire. 

No court date has been set. The CPS said this afternoon they could not confirm if Spacey, who has homes in Britain and the US, will need to be extradited to the UK. He is reportedly in New York today.

In general in cases such as this, the person concerned can choose to return from abroad to face charges. If this does not happen, prosecutors could seek to start extradition proceedings. 

Spacey, the star of some of Hollywood's biggest hits of the past three decades as well as TV shows such as House of Cards, was artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London between 2004 and 2015.

He has won two Oscars. The first was in 1995 for Best Supporting Actor in The Usual Suspects for his role as gangster Keyser Söze.

In 1999 he took the Best Actor gong for his role in American Beauty, where he played Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend.

Kevin Spacey outside The Old Vic theatre in London, where he was artistic director for 11 years. The alleged sexual assaults are said to have taken place in this period

Kevin Spacey outside The Old Vic theatre in London, where he was artistic director for 11 years. The alleged sexual assaults are said to have taken place in this period

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2005 (pictured)
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2005 and 2013 (pictured)

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2005 (left) and 2013 (right), when Spacey was one of the world's biggest stars 

Kevin Spacey holds up his best actor Oscar during the 72nd Academy Awards for his role in American Beauty. He posed with Michael Caine, who won a best supporting actor gong

Kevin Spacey holds up his best actor Oscar during the 72nd Academy Awards for his role in American Beauty. He posed with Michael Caine, who won a best supporting actor gong

Kevin Spacey was last seen in public in Zagreb, Croatia, in January (pictured). Today he was charged with a string of sex offences in the UK

Kevin Spacey was last seen in public in Zagreb, Croatia, in January (pictured). Today he was charged with a string of sex offences in the UK

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.

'The CPS has also authorised one charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The authority to charge follows 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.'

A spokesman said the CPS has authorised charges against Kevin Spacey, but he has not yet been charged by police. 

Spacey is a two-time Oscar winner and known for starring roles in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards. 

He came out as gay in 2017. 

The actor, 62, was interviewed under caution by the Metropolitan Police's Complex Case Team in America back in 2019. They passed a file to the CPS last year.  

Mr Spacey did not attend the Cannes Film Festival last week. But he is one of the stars of a micro-budgeted film called Peter Five Eight.

The actor has kept a low profile in recent years. He was spotted on set in Dunsmuir, California, smoking a cigarette in July last year.

Kevin Spacey is to star in a micro-budgeted film called Peter Five Eight in which he plays the villain. It is due out this year (pictured filming in Italy last June)

Kevin Spacey is to star in a micro-budgeted film called Peter Five Eight in which he plays the villain. It is due out this year (pictured filming in Italy last June)

The film is based on a Biblical passage which runs: 'Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.'

Spacey, has denied all allegations of sexual harassment and assault. He is understood to be living in London, close to the Thames, although it was reported recently he also spends time in Florida and Los Angeles in the British winter or while filming. At the moment he is in New York.

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