What now for Kevin Spacey? Oscar-winning actor’s career has been in freefall since first accusations were made against him, he lost his role at the Old Vic and millions of pounds… so can he return to our screens again?
- Kevin Spacey broke down in tears as he was cleared of all charges today
Kevin Spacey’s career went into freefall as soon as the first accusations of sexual assault were made against him six years ago.
But the A-lister remained confident he could revive his acting reputation – reflected in the silver ring he wore to court adorned with the phrase: ‘This too shall pass.’
‘In ten years, it won’t mean anything,’ Spacey said in an interview. ‘My work will live longer than I will, and that’s what will be remembered.’
His innocence was proved today after a jury acquitted him of seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
In the wake of the allegations, Spacey lost out on key roles and suffered vast financial losses.
Kevin Spacey was sacked from House Of Cards and then suffered the humiliation of being edited out of the Sir Ridley Scott film All The Money In The World
Spacey poses with his award for Best Supporting Actor in The Usual Suspects
Spacey (pictured leaving Southwark Crown Court today after the not guilty verdicts were announced) remained confident he could revive his acting reputation despite allegations against him
The double Oscar winner was sacked from House Of Cards and then suffered the humiliation of being edited out of the Sir Ridley Scott film All The Money In The World.
Although his part remained in Billionaire Boys Club, his role was miniscule. When released the movie took less than £100 on its opening day in the US.
Spacey was accused by cleared of offences involving grabbing, squeezing, and touching of four victims’ genitals and buttocks over their clothing between 2005 to 2013 – mostly during his time as Artistic Director at The Old Vic theatre.
Three alleged indecent assaults and four sexual assaults date between 2001 and 2004. The five further offences that were alleged against him range from between 2005 to 2013.
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As allegations piled up and his acting roles came to a halt, the hit to Spacey financially was equally devastating.
His defence costs for the UK trial alone were put at more than £1m, a figure dwarfed by US legal fees.
Even worse, two years ago an arbitrator ruled his alleged sexual misconduct amounted to a breach of contract and he was told to pay £25.5 million to the producers of House of Cards – a production from which he was sacked.
Spacey lost an appeal to overturn the ruling last year, though whether or not he has handed over the cash remains unclear.
When the court asked Spacey about his financial situation, he answered: ‘I have got no money coming in and I have had a lot of legal bills… and I have not paid it all off and I still owe money.’
The actor sold his Los Angeles mansion for £8.5million shortly before the scandal broke.
The Old Vic Theatre in London, where Spacey served as artistic director
He still owns a £2.5million penthouse flat in an exclusive London tower block overlooking the Houses of Parliament – where he stayed during the court case.
As for the Old Vic, a London theatre that Spacey headed for 11 years – it is unknown whether the star will be reinstated.
In 2017, when allegations against the actor emerged, the Old Vic said ‘no complaints’ or allegations were ever received about Spacey either during his tenor or since he left.
It came after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey sexually assaulted him at his New York apartment in 1986 when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
As allegations against him piled up and his acting roles came to a halt, the hit to Spacey financially was equally devastating
At the time The Old Vic issued a longer statement which said: ‘We are deeply dismayed to hear the allegations levied against Kevin Spacey, who was Artistic Director from 2004–2015.
‘Inappropriate behaviour by anyone working at The Old Vic is completely unacceptable.
‘We aim to foster a safe and supportive environment without prejudice, harassment or bullying of any sort, at any level.’
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