Kevin Spacey Not Guilty of Assault Charges

Kevin Spacey from Iron Will with Not Guilty Stamp
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Disney actor and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey was acquitted of sexual assault charges by a London jury on July 26. His previous roles with Disney include films such as A Bug’s Life (1998) and Iron Will (1994).

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Hopper from A Bug's Life

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Original Allegations

Back in 2017, actor Kevin Spacey faced multiple allegations of sexual abuse that cost the actor his career and his reputation. His accusers described him as “vile” and a “slippery, snaky” predator.

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Spacey had claimed from the beginning that any situations he was involved with were consensual. His attorney has called the accusers “liars” and people looking to take advantage of the #Metoo movement to get rich.

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The Trial and Verdict

Kevin Spacey had faced nine charges, and the jury deliberated over three days before reaching their verdict of “Not Guilty.”

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“I imagine that many of you can understand that there’s a lot for me to process after what happened today,” Kevin Spacey said. “I am enormously grateful to the jury for having taken the time to examine all of the evidence and all of the facts carefully before they reached their decision.”

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It’s been six years since the initial claims were filed against the academy award winner. Since then, Kevin Spacey lost his role in House of Cards (2013-2017) and along with other Hollywood projects. However, in today’s world, being acquitted of charges does not necessarily save your reputation. He may still be viewed as a toxic star that studios may hesitate to cast.

What Now?

Throughout his career, Kevin Spacey has been involved in many award winning movies, including The Usual Suspects (1995), Se7en (1995), and American Beauty (1999). But it seems unlikely that the Walt Disney Company would bring him back to reprise any of his roles. He has done little work under the Disney umbrella over the past couple of decades, and his voice wasn’t even used in “It’s Tough to Be a Bug!” as Hopper.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)