American actor Kevin Spacey has been found not guilty of nine sexual offence charges in a closely watched criminal trial in London.

With tears streaming down his face, Spacey expressed his gratitude to the jury and hugged his lawyer as he left the courtroom a free man. He described feeling “humbled” by the outcome and thanked those who stood by him during the trial.

Throughout the four-week trial at Southwark Crown Court, Spacey vehemently denied the allegations, dismissing them as “madness” and a “stab in the back.” While admitting to being promiscuous and engaging in “casual, indiscriminate sexual encounters,” he insisted that he was not a criminal.


The charges against Spacey covered a period from 2004 to 2013, during which he served as the artistic director at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Prosecutors painted him as a “sexual bully” who delighted in making others feel powerless and uncomfortable.

One complainant alleged that Spacey aggressively grabbed his crotch while working as the actor’s driver in the early 2000s, nearly causing an accident. Spacey acknowledged a “naughty relationship” with the man but maintained that their encounters involved consensual “sexual touching” over their clothes.

Two other men also claimed that Spacey had grabbed their genitals without consent. Although Spacey admitted to making a “clumsy” pass at one of the men, he denied any violent behaviour and always respected their boundaries.

Another individual, an aspiring actor, accused Spacey of performing a sex act on him without his consent after inviting him to his London flat for a meeting. Spacey insisted that their encounter was consensual.

The #MeToo movement in 2017 brought significant attention to sexual misconduct allegations against high-profile individuals, including Kevin Spacey. Accusations published by BuzzFeed News and an unwanted sexual advance on actor Anthony Rapp further tarnished Spacey’s reputation and led to legal battles.

During the London trial, Spacey tearfully shared how his career and life had been shattered by the allegations. He expressed frustration at the rush to judgment before all the facts were known, leading to the loss of his job, reputation, and everything he had built over the years.

Spacey’s defence team emphasis ed that while he might have been promiscuous, it was not a crime to enjoy sex, regardless of his fame or sexual orientation.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) respected the jury’s decision and stated that its role was to make fair and objective assessments about whether to present charges, not to determine guilt.

As the trial came to an end, Kevin Spacey faced a mixed legacy, having been acquitted of criminal charges but enduring significant damage to his career and personal life. The impact of the trial and the #MeToo movement will undoubtedly reverberate through society, prompting ongoing discussions about consent, power dynamics, and the consequences of sexual misconduct allegations in the entertainment industry and beyond.