Kevin Spacey “strenuously denies” allegations that he sexually assaulted three men, a court has heard.
The 62-year-old former Hollywood star was not asked to enter pleas to four counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Deputy District Judge Tan Ikram granted him an unconditional bail ahead of his next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on 14 July.
Patrick Gibbs QC, defending, said: “Mr Spacey strenuously denies any and all criminality in this case.”
Spacey was mobbed by photographers as he arrived at court, and was ushered into the building surrounded by members of his legal team and two police officers after getting out of a silver Mercedes.
The Oscar-winning actor made no comment but smiled as he was rushed past a queue of other court attendees and through the entrance before passing security.
The allegations relate to three men, now in their 30s and 40s, in London and Gloucestershire between 2005 and 2013, while Spacey was artistic director of The Old Vic theater in London.
The charges, which were read out by the court’s legal adviser, include two counts of sexual assault on a man, now in his 40s, in London in March 2005.
They also sexual assault on a man, now in his 30s, and causing him to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent, in London in August 2008 and sexual assault on a man, now in his 30s, in Gloucestershire in April 2013.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorized charges against Spacey last month, but the American could only be formally charged once he had traveled to the UK earlier this week.
Mr Ikram withdrew an arrest warrant issued weeks ago after the court heard that Spacey arrived in London on Monday to receive a postal requisition.
Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner who is known for starring roles in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards, had previously said he would travel to the UK to face the charges.
In a statement released to Good Morning America after the CPS announcement, he said: “While I am disappointed with their decision to move forward, I will voluntarily appear in the UK as soon as can be arranged and defend myself against these charges, which I am confident will prove my innocence.”
Spacey was artistic director at The Old Vic between 2004 and 2015.