It's looking like Kevin Spacey could be extradited to the UK to face sexual assault allegations from 2016. It was revealed earlier this week that Spacey was being charged with sexually assaulting a teenager at a bar in Massachusetts, which is a felony. The actor is set to appear in court on January 7th over the incident, which allegedly occurred in Nantucket in July 2016. On the same day that the news became public, Spacey released a bizarre video of himself as House of Cards character Frank Underwood indirectly addressing the allegations.
UK lawyer Chris Saltrese is a managing partner of Chris Saltrese Solicitors and specializes in defending contested sexual offense allegations. Saltrese says that the UK and the United States can work together to extradite Kevin Spacey to the UK, where he has yet to be charged with anything. However, there are numerous allegations against the actor, which could turn into criminal charges in the next few years. Saltrese had this to say about the possibility of extraditing Spacey.
"In the UK, investigations into offenses of this nature can run for several years - there is no time limit within which legal proceedings may be brought. We have a client who is only now going for trial after an investigation lasting five years. Charges are increasingly brought years after an event and US nationals can be extradited to face trial in the UK with relative ease."
The United States has not refused an extradition request since the 2003 treaty came into force. If Kevin Spacey is extradited, things could mount up pretty considerably for the actor. Chris Saltrese went on to discuss what the court would need to do to get the process started, and it seems pretty straight forward and simple. Saltrese explains.
"The Crown Prosecution Service will bring charges if a prosecution is in the public interest - and it is always in the public interest to prosecute alleged sex offenders - and if a conviction is likely. If the CPS believes there is a 51% chance of conviction, they'll press ahead. There is no requirement for corroboration or independent witnesses - the complainant's account will suffice for a prosecution and conviction. And, of course, a conviction is more likely where several complainants give evidence against the accused."
Since last October, Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 30 men. Some allegations took place within the last few years, while others span decades. With that being said, this is the first time that the actor is being charged. If convicted, Spacey could spend up to four years in county prison. We'll have to wait and see, but there appears to be video evidence of Spacey touching the 18-year old victim's leg while he was attempting to get him drunk.
As it stands, things don't look good for Kevin Spacey, especially if he is extradited. In November of 2017, London's Old Vic Theatre, where Spacey served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015, revealed that they had set up a hotline for tips while investigating Spacey. The hotline received messages from 20 men, all over the age of 18, who accuse the actor of a big range of "inappropriate behavior" over the 11 years he was there. Spacey has since denied the allegations and did so again as Frank Underwood in this week's crazy video. You can get more information about the possible Kevin Spacey extraditing process over at Chris Saltrese's Twitter account.