Kevin Spacey removed from movie amid charges of sexual assault
This week actor Kevin Spacey appeared in court in the UK to answer charges of sexual assault, all of which he pleaded not guilty to in a 2o minute hearing.
Meanwhile, one of his first acing jobs since he was accused of sexual misconduct back in 2017 has dropped him from director Péter Soós’ upcoming historical drama 12:42: Gateway to the West.
Carlos Alperin from Galloping Entertainment, who are handling the film’s sales, said to Entertainment Weekly: “I can indeed confirmed that Kevin Spacey has been removed from the project. We’ll soon announce who will replace him.”
Over a year ago we reported that Spacey is still lined up Italian director Louis Nero’s The Man Who Drew God who said he wasn’t concerned about the new allegations: “In Italy, we don’t know details on everything, so we don’t speak about what we don’t know about. I cannot speak about these things. I only know that Kevin is a great actor. That was my concern, and no more than that.”
Spacey has always professed his innocence but apologised to Star Trek: Discovery‘s Anthony App who was the first person to accuse him of sexual assault when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Producers for ANOTHER movie starring Spacey entitled Peter Five Eight also said in a statement that they supported him:
“While it’s unfortunate that increased negative press is timed with Kevin returning to work, it’s also to be expected. There are those who wish for him not to act, but they are outnumbered by fans worldwide who await an artist they have enjoyed for decades returning to the screen. The production has no knowledge or comment on the various swirling allegations, and believe it’s a matter for the courts to determine validity if it exists. Peter Five Eight is a film for fans who care more for the art than the scandal.”
Would things be different if the claimants had been women? Who knows. Meanwhile the trial in the UK for this latest slew of charges will go ahead in July next year.