Back in October 2017, allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Kevin Spacey when actor Anthony Rapp talked publicly about advances made by Spacey at a party in 1986.
Spacey has now been formally charged with sexual assault, but it’s in relation to a separate incident in 2016 when Spacey is alleged to have groped an 18-year-old man.
Spacey will appear in court on 7 January 2019 to formally respond to the charges, but he has already taken to social media to deny any misconduct.
Let’s take a look at the life and career of Kevin Spacey.
26 July 1959
Growing up in California, Spacey began acting while at school, and went on to study at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Beginning his career in the theatre, Spacey’s reputation and profile built gradually, opening up opportunities for him in film. It was his role in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects that confirmed him as a major star – landing him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He collected the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 1999 film American Beauty.
In 2003, Spacey was appointed as Artistic Director of the Old Vic theatre in London. He starred in a number of productions during his time with the Old Vic, consolidating his credentials as an accomplished actor in both theatre and film.
In 2011, Spacey was cast in the lead role in the Netflix adaptation of House of Cards. His performance was critically acclaimed, and he won a number of awards.
The subsequent controversy following the sexual assault allegations has led to Spacey being axed from a number of roles, including from his starring role in the series House of Cards, and the 2017 film All the Money in the World, which was re-shot without him.