Kevin Spacey, the Oscar-winning actor, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men, the CPS has announced.
The 62-year-old was charged following a review of evidence by the Met Police after a series of complaints dating back to between 2005 and 2013.
Mr Spacey is no longer living in the UK, so while the CPS has authorised the decision to bring a case against him, he will not be formally charged unless he returns to the country.
Rosemary Ainslie, the head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.
“He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent. The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”
The four offences allegedly took place in London and Gloucestershire between March 2005 and April 2013.
Mr Spacey, who spent a decade as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in Lambeth, was the subject of a Scotland Yard investigation following allegations that he had assaulted a man at his London flat in 2008.
In 2017 it emerged the Met Police was investigating the actor over a further allegation dating back to 2005.
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