American actor Kevin Spacey was released on bail on Thursday during his first appearance in a London court since authorities charged him with five offenses, including four charges of sexual assault.
Spacey spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address in London at a brief procedural hearing, and a July 14 date was set for his next hearing.
He was granted unconditional bail after his attorney told the court that he must return to the United States between court dates to work and see his family.
The 62-year-old ‘House of Cards’ actor was charged last month with four charges of assaulting three men, as well as a fifth charge of inciting invasive sexual activity without consent.
Spacey’s attorney told the court that he “firmly denies” all charges of crime.
The actor appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday in a light blue suit, dark tie and glasses, and was met by a large crowd of reporters and photographers.
The charges he faces include two charges of assaulting a man in London in 2005; a third count of sexual assault, also in London, against another man in 2008; and a latest charge of a man in Gloucestershire, western England in 2013. The fifth charge of non-consensual penetration activity also relates to the 2013 incident.
The alleged victim of the 2005 incidents is now in their 40s, while the two men allegedly involved in the 2008 and 2013 incidents are now in their 30s, London’s Metropolitan Police said.
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service cleared the charges against Spacey in late May, but the charges could not be officially enforced until Monday, when he was in the UK.
Spacey has won two Academy Awards for his roles in ‘The Usual Suspects’ and ‘American Beauty’ and was Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater in London from 2003 to 2015.
He also starred in the Netflix political series “House of Cards” and returned to acting in the past year.