Kevin Spacey formally charged for sexual assault in England

The actor said he will "voluntarily" appear in British court "as soon as can be arranged
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Actor Kevin Spacey. Rome, Italy. Aug. 2, 2019.
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Actor Kevin Spacey was formally charged Monday in London on four counts of sexual assault against three men.

In addition to the assault charges, Spacey was also charged with causing one individual to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. He will appear Thursday in Westminster Magistrates Court.

In a statement last month, the actor said he will "voluntarily" appear in British court "as soon as can be arranged," to defend himself against the charges. He says he is "confident" he will be able to "prove my innocence."

The assaults in question all allegedly occurred in or around the London area 2005 and 2013.

As such accusations against the award-winning actor surfaced in the U.S. and in England, he was removed from his starring role on Netflix's "House of Cards" and ultimately sued by the show's production company. Last November, Spacey was ordered to pay the show's producers $31 million for breaching his contract.

A civil suit was filed against Spacey in 2016 for allegedly groping a young man in a Nantucket bar. That suit was dropped several years later.