Theater and film actor Kevin Spacey was acquitted in the UK after the US in the sexual harassment case against him.
Spacey was acquitted of 9 sexual harassment charges against him in the trial held in London, the capital of England.
After more than 12 hours of deliberation, a jury of 9 men and 3 women acquitted Oscar-winner Spacey of nine charges of sexual harassment allegedly committed between 2004 and 2013 while working at the Old Vic theater in London.
Spacey, who could not hold back tears with the news of his acquittal on his birthday, thanked the jurors and said he was extremely grateful to the jury for taking the time to carefully examine all the evidence and all the facts before reaching their decision.
In the early days of the #MeToo movement in the US in 2017, when many people started to talk about the sexual harassment they had experienced, US actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey, who was 26 years old in 1986, sexually harassed him at a party in New York.
Rapp, who filed a lawsuit against Spacey in September 2020, demanded approximately 40 million dollars in compensation. In the trial in Manhattan Federal Court, a jury of 5 men and 6 women ruled that Anthony Rapp could not support his sexual harassment claims against Spacey.
Spacey was also accused in 2019 of allegedly harassing an 18-year-old man in a bar in the US state of Massachusetts in 2016, and the case was dropped after the complainant refused to testify about a missing cell phone.
Spacey won Oscars for his performances in "American Beauty" and "The Usual Suspects".
But his career was largely ended when more than 20 men accused him of sexual harassment.