A London jury acquitted actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault on Wednesday, which happens to be his 64th birthday.
The Oscar-winning actor, who starred in films like The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, was accused of sexually assaulting four men between 2001 and 2013.
Kevin Spacey faced nine charges including multiple counts of sexual assault and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
During the trial, Sir Elton John took the stand in defense of Kevin and the actor also testified in his own defense.
Kevin Spacey testified about the impact the accusations had on his life.
My world exploded.
There was a rush to judgment and before the first question was asked or answered I lost my job, I lost my reputation, I lost everything in a matter of days.
The “House of Cards” star, who has been described as a “sexual bully,” admitted that he is a “big flirt.”
Kevin testified that he has had consensual flings with men and his only misstep was touching a man’s groin while making a “clumsy pass.”
His defense attorney, Patrick Gibbs, painted Kevin Spacey’s accusers out to be liars who “reimagined” incidents “with a sinister spin.”
Gibbs also said the accusers hopped on a bandwagon of complaints hoping to get rich after Kevin was accused of sexual misconduct by an American actor.
When the jury read the verdict, a tear rolled down Kevin Spacey’s cheek as the final “not guilty” was read.
The actor looked at the jury, placed his hand over the lapel of his blue suit, and mouthed the words, “Thank you.”
Kevin told the press that he is “humbled by the outcome.”
Kevin Spacey is currently trending on social media as the news of the verdict spreads.
Source: AP News