Jurors in the sexual assault trial of Kevin Spacey adjourned Monday (overnight in Australia) after deliberating for 2.5 hours without reaching a verdict on allegations by four men that date back two decades.
Spacey, 63, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges, including multiple counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
The jury of nine men and three women heard testimony over three weeks in Southwark Crown Court in London before starting their deliberations.
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Deliberations have been scheduled to resume on Tuesday morning (Tuesday night in Australia).
Spacey’s defense lawyer said during closing arguments last week that three of the men are liars and he suggested jurors should not convict the Oscar winner for making a “clumsy pass” at a fourth man.
The prosecutor called Spacey a “sexual bully” who took advantage of his power as a major celebrity and took what he wanted when he wanted it.
The acts alleged between 2001 and 2013 range from unwanted touching to aggressive crotch-grabbing and, in one instance, performing oral sex on an unconscious man.
Spacey, who is free on unconditional bail, could face a prison sentence if he’s convicted.
One of Hollywood’s biggest names until sexual misconduct allegations derailed his career, Spacey won a best supporting actor Academy Award for the 1995 film The Usual Suspects and a lead actor Oscar for the 1999 movie American Beauty. He ran London’s Old Vic between 2004 and 2015.
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