No L.A. sex charges for Spacey, Seagal,
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[September 05, 2018]
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los
Angeles District Attorney's office said on Tuesday it would not
prosecute actor Kevin Spacey on a 1992 sexual assault accusation because
it fell outside the California statute of limitations.
The District Attorney's office also said it would not charge actor
Steven Seagal and television comedy star Anthony Anderson over two other
sexual assault accusations.
The 1993 accusations against action star Seagal fell outside the statute
of limitations, while Anderson's accuser declined to be interviewed and
prosecution was declined due to lack of evidence, the office said.
Anderson in July denied wrongdoing. Seagal could not be reached for
The Spacey case, involving an adult male, was presented to Los Angeles
prosecutors in April and had been under review. The nature and origin of
the accusation were not disclosed.
The District Attorney's office said in a charge evaluation sheet
released on Tuesday that the allegation was outside the statue of
limitations and that prosecution had been declined.
Spacey could not be reached for comment.
Spacey became embroiled in controversy in 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp
accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.
He apologized for any inappropriate conduct with Rapp but has not
commented since and has stepped away from public life.
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Actor Kevin Spacey speaks with the media at the premiere of
Netflix's television series "House of Cards" at Alice Tully Hall in
the Lincoln Center in New York City January 30, 2013.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office said in August that it
was reviewing a second sexual assault accusation against Spacey, but
declined to give details. The case is still under review.
More than 30 men have said they were victims of unwanted sexual
advances by Spacey, including 20 people who came forward during an
investigation by London's Old Vic theater, where Spacey was artistic
director for 12 years. Reuters has not independently confirmed any
of the allegations.
Spacey, the Oscar-winning star of "American Beauty," is one of
dozens of men in the entertainment industry and politics who have
been accused of sexual misconduct in the past 10 months, partly as a
result of the #MeToo social media movement.
He was dropped last year from the Netflix television series "House
of Cards" and erased from the film "All the Money in the World."
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)
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