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Kevin Spacey responds to new accusations of ‘groping’ the actor made in a documentary

A former actor has accused Kevin Spacey of groping him ahead of a new Channel 4 documentary investigating several allegations against the Hollywood star.

Ruari Cannon, waiving his right to anonymity, stated that house of cards and American Beauty The actor touched him intimately without consent in 2013, when he was 21 years old and Spacey was 53.

Cannon’s accusation will be included in the upcoming two-part documentary, Spacey unmasked.

The allegations have been rejected by Spacey, who also criticized Channel 4 and production company Roast Beef over the documentary on social media.

On Thursday (May 2), the American actor posted a statement on X/Twitter, stating that he had asked Channel 4 to give him “over seven days to respond to allegations made against me dating back 48 years.”

Spacey described the claims as “anonymous and non-specific,” before dismissing the show as “a one-sided ‘documentary’ by a dying network about me in its desperate attempt to get ratings.”

He added: “Each time I have been given time and an appropriate forum to defend myself, the allegations have failed under scrutiny and I have been exonerated.”

After noting that he would respond to the claims throughout the weekend, Spacey concluded his message: “Channel 4 and @RoastBeefTV may be ‘speechless,’ but I won’t be anymore.”

Kevin Spacey and Ruari Cannon (getty)

The independent has contacted representatives for Kevin Spacey for additional comment.

Last July, Spacey was found not guilty of sexually assaulting four men in a case heard at Southwark Crown Court.

Each of Spacey’s four accusers testified at the trial, describing him as a “vile sexual predator,” “slippery” and “heinous, despicable and disgusting.”

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In response, the two-time Oscar winner described the allegations against him as “insane” and a “stab in the back.” He denied seven counts of sexual assault, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one count of causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

The jury acquitted Spacey of all charges.

Prior to this, in 2022, a jury also dismissed lawsuits brought against Spacey for Rent Star Anthony Rapp, who was the first man to make public accusations against Spacey in 2017.

Cannon is one of several men who have shared their experiences with Spacey in the documentary, with testimonies spanning from the 1970s to the 2010s, in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

The men were mostly young actors, students or theater employees when they encountered Spacey.

Kevin Spacey speaks to the press after leaving court at Southwark Crown Court on July 26, 2023 in London, England. (fake images)

speaking to The IRuari Cannon claimed to have had a disturbing interaction with Spacey during a West End press night party at the Savoy Hotel in 2013.

Cannon alleged that Spacey sent him an expensive gift to congratulate him on his performance in a new Tennessee Williams production. Sweet bird of youth at the Old Vic, the London theater of which Spacey was artistic director.

At the afterparty, Cannon claimed she was thanking Spacey when the older actor “reached me really close with his right hand and turned me 45 degrees” before touching her butt intimately.

Later, stating that the interaction had left him feeling “totally paralyzed,” Cannon said he hopes speaking out in the film will give others the courage to do the same.

“What I hope is that this film can help other people feel less afraid,” he said.

“By putting my name and my face on this, I’m being honest with myself: the impact it had.”

Spacey unmasked It airs on May 6 and 7 at 9 p.m. on Channel 4.

Rape Crisis offers support to people affected by rape and sexual abuse. You can call them on 0808 802 9999 in England and Wales, 0808 801 0302 in Scotland and 0800 0246 991 in Northern Ireland, or visit their website at www.rapecrisis.org.uk. If you are in the US, you can call Rainn at 800-656-HOPE (4673)