The prosecution in Kevin Spacey’s criminal sexual assault trial claimed in closing arguments Wednesday that the actor got away with his behavior because of his celebrity status.
Spacey seized brief moments for an “opportunity grab” and was able to get away with the assaults for years because he was a celebrity who took advantage of his power, prosecutor Christine Agnew said.
Spacey is on trial after pleading not guilty to charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. Four men testified about similar encounters that involved Spacey allegedly groping them. Agnew emphasized that the four men’s accounts were similar not because they had conspired to bring Spacey down, but because groping was reportedly Spacey’s “trademark” move, according to the prosecution.
Spacey’s description of gentle stroking was in direct contradiction to what the alleged victims testified. They said he caught them by surprise when he aggressively grabbed their privates through their clothing.
Kevin Space, right, and his lawyer leave court after closing arguments. (Getty Images)
Kevin Spacey testified over the span of two days in London court. (Getty Images)
Elton John also testified remotely in Spacey’s defense, confirming the “American Beauty” star only attended one of the musician’s annual gala parties in 2001. One of Spacey’s alleged victims claimed the actor assaulted him while the two were driving to John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball in 2004 or 2005.
Spacey returned to the screen with roles in Italian director Franco Nero’s “The Man Who Drew God,” the biopic “Once Upon a Time in Croatia” and the film “Peter Five Eight.”
Spacey’s trial began on June 28. (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.