Spacey pleads not guilty to sex offense charges

STORY: Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will go on trial in London next year after pleading not guilty on Thursday to accusations of sex offenses dating back almost 20 years.

He is accused of five offenses in Britain - four counts of sexual assault by touching, and a more serious charge of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

Prosecutors say Spacey forced a man to have oral sex.

The 62-year-old American had each of the charges put to him at London's Old Bailey central criminal court.

Speaking clearly, he said "not guilty" as each charge was read out, and sat impassively in the dock during the 20-minute hearing.

If found guilty of sexual assault, Spacey could face a six-month prison sentence or an unlimited fine, while the more serious offense carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Police said the alleged assaults occurred between March 2005 and April 2013 and involved one man who is now in his 40s and two men now in their 30s.

Once one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Spacey has largely disappeared from public view since being accused of sexual misconduct five years ago.

He has been granted unconditional bail and will go on trial in London in June 2023.

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