As the trial continued on Tuesday, the jury at Southwark Crown Court heard a police interview with one accuser where the man detailed an incident allegedly at an address where Spacey was staying in the Cotswolds. According to the man, who has not been named, Spacey kissed his neck twice before grabbing his crotch and telling him, ‘Be cool, be cool’.
The accuser recalled accidentally letting Spacey’s dog out of the house, prompting the former House of Cards actor to approach him in a ‘huggy motion’.
‘We did an awkward man-hug as I call it – he hugged me, I did a sort of pat on the back type of thing,’ the man said in the police interview which played in court.
‘At that point, he kissed my neck twice and grabbed my crotch. He said the words “Be cool, be cool” twice.’
He added: ‘I put my arm between us and pushed him against a wall. I said, “I am sorry, man, I don’t bat for that team”.’
The witness said that after he rejected Spacey, the star had an ‘immediate panicked look on his face’ and left the room. Spacey’s ‘eyes opened quite wide’ before he ‘immediately pushed past me’ and into another room without saying anything, the witness said.
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The complainant told the officer of his ‘shock’ at the incident but said he ‘shook it off’ before leaving. It’s claimed the incident happened ‘quite swiftly’ and left the man ‘a bit teary’ when he left the property.
Spacey reportedly met the man and his friends at a pub and began socialising with them when he turned up. The man told police Spacey became ‘quite open’ with them but began touching the legs of members of the group.
After drinking at the pub for some time, the Oscar-winning actor reportedly invited the group back to where he was staying, saying: ‘If you want to carry on the party, I have got drink, wine and beer back at the house and a few spliffs.’
During Monday’s court proceedings, the jury heard from another of the actor’s alleged victims who told the star was a ‘slippery, snaky, difficult person’ who behaved as though he ‘thought he could groom me’.
The prosecution described Spacey as a ‘sexual bully’ in their opening arguments last week. Still, his lawyer told the jury that some of what they will hear has been ‘deliberately exaggerated’.
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey had a “panicked” look on his face after a man he met in a pub rejected him when he grabbed his crotch, a court has heard.
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The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told a police officer the Hollywood star had kissed his neck twice before grabbing him, saying, “Be cool, be cool”.
In the interview, played to the jury at Southwark Crown Court, the man detailed an incident at an address where Spacey was staying in the Cotswolds, which happened after he accidentally let the actor’s dog out.
After telling the officer he apologised to Spacey for the dog momentarily escaping, the complainant said: “At which point he came towards me in a huggy motion and said ‘don’t worry about it, it is cool, it is cool.’
“We did an awkward man-hug, as I call it – he hugged me, and I did a pat on the back.
“At that point, he kissed my neck twice and grabbed my crotch. He said the words ‘be cool, be cool’ twice. “I put my arm between us and pushed him against a wall. I said, ‘I am sorry, man, I don’t bat for that team’.”
The witness said that after he rejected Spacey, the actor had an “immediate panicked look on his face” before he left the room.
He told the officer of his “shock” at the incident but said he “shook it off” before leaving.
The 63-year-old defendant has been described by the prosecution as a “sexual bully” as he stands trial accused of sex offences against four men between 2001 and 2013.
Spacey pleaded not guilty in January to three counts of dirty assault, three counts of sexual strike and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
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The two-time Academy Award winner also previously denied four charges of sexual strike and one count of causing a person to catch in penetrative sexual pursuit without consent.
Southwark Crown Court heard how Spacey was “turned on” by his alleged victims getting angry at him and believed they would not come forward due to his fame.
Jurors were told he “abused the power and influence that his reputation and fame afforded him” to target the four men.
Spacey also took advantage of his “popularity and prominence, his illustriousness and influence” to take “what and who he wanted when he wanted “, it was said.
Opening the case today, prosecutor Christine Agnew KC added: “Kevin Spacey Fowler is an actor; many of you will already know that.