The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has presented a criminal sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey to the district attorney’s office for review and possible filing of criminal charges.
Sheriff’s investigators presented the case to the DA’s Entertainment Industry Sex Crimes Task Force for review on April 5, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s department confirmed to the Los Angeles Blade Thursday. The spokesperson declined further details, saying there is still an ongoing investigation. The spokesperson said the LASD opened their criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against Spacey on Dec 11, 2017.
Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Nicole Nishida told the LA Times that “the events were reported to have taken place in October of 1992 in West Hollywood involving a male adult.” However, the Times reports, the date of the alleged incident may test prosecution under the Oct. 2016 California law eliminating the statute of limitations for rape.
“The new laws not only redefine rape and require mandatory minimum sentencing for sexual assault crimes involving an incapacitated victim, they also eliminate the statute of limitations for a prosecutor to bring criminal charges,” Findlaw reported at the time.
“Removing the statute of limitations on rape and crimes such as sexual abuse of a minor takes into account the reality that victims are sometimes too traumatized to go through the court process immediately after being victimized. Additionally, oftentimes victims are afraid to come forward initially due to fear of retaliation, victim shaming, societal stigmatization, or for mental health reasons. These issues can take years to work through, and should not be the reason a violent sexual predator is allowed to walk the streets free,” the report continued.
This is the first criminal case naming Spacey as a suspect in LA County. LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes told The Times on Wednesday that the LAPD is not investigating Spacey.
Spacey has been accused of sexual assaults by a number of men in the U.S. and the United Kingdom with authorities in both countries executing criminal investigations into those accusations.
The first person to come forward publicly with an allegation against the two-time Oscar winner was actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed Spacey made sexual advances toward him in his New York apartment in 1986 when Rapp was only 14 years old.
Spacey responded to that allegation with the highly controversial statement that he was “gay” and needed to come out. He has remained silent over subsequent allegations.
In a phone call with New Scotland Yard, a spokesperson declined to comment to the LA Blade, other than to confirm that there was an active ongoing investigation into Spacey’s alleged sexual assault behaviors while he was employed as the renowned Old Vic Theatre’s artistic director in London between 2004 and 2015.