Kevin Spacey sexual assault case dropped by prosecutors
Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting a young man at a US bar in 2016.
The House Of Cards actor was accused of getting the 18-year-old drunk and then groping him on the island of Nantucket, off Massachusetts, where the man worked clearing tables, according to the Associated Press.
The case was dismissed after Spacey’s accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify about text messages the defence claimed were deleted.
He was ordered to hand in the mobile phone he used the night of the alleged assault but refused, later saying it had been lost.
Spacey, 59, who also faces claims of sexual assault in the UK, denied the allegations.
He was questioned over six allegations of sexual assault in the UK between 1996 and 2013.
The actor was sacked from the Netflix show and Sir Ridley Scott erased him from his completed film All The Money In The World.
Spacey was one of the first Hollywood stars to face allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Actor Anthony Rapp was another to accuse him, saying he was 14 when Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance in 1986.
Spacey said he did not remember the alleged encounter, but apologised for any “inappropriate drunken behaviour”.
The veteran actor was artistic director at London’s The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015.
The theatre later found 20 people claimed they had been subjected to inappropriate behaviour from the actor.