April 11, 2018 / 8:22 PM / 2 months ago

L.A. prosecutors review 1992 sex assault accusation against Kevin Spacey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is reviewing a 1992 sexual assault accusation against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey, authorities said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: 71st Tony Awards – Arrivals – New York City, U.S., 11/06/2017 - Actor Kevin Spacey. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that the alleged incident involved an adult male.

The sheriff's department said it began investigating the matter on Dec. 11 last year and presented its results to the district attorney last week, five months after Spacey was fired from Netflix political drama "House of Cards" over sexual misconduct accusations.

"A case was presented April 5 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department," Los Angeles District Attorney spokesman Greg Risling said in an email to Reuters. "It's under review."

A spokeswoman for the actor, Laura Johnson, declined to comment.

The nature and origin of the sexual assault accusation was not disclosed. It was unclear if California's statute of limitations on prosecuting criminal sexual assault, which is normally 10 years, would apply.

FILE PHOTO: The star of actor Kevin Spacey is pictured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

More than 30 men have said they were victims of unwanted sexual advances by Spacey, one of the most prominent Hollywood figures to be publicly accused of sexual misconduct since accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein sparked the #MeToo movement on social media.

Spacey, 58, became embroiled in controversy last year when actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.

Spacey later apologized for any inappropriate conduct while denying any specific memory of the behavior in question. The "American Beauty" actor also came under fire for using the occasion to acknowledge for the first time that he was gay, a statement gay advocates criticized as conflating issues of sexual wrongdoing with sexual orientation.

The fallout resulted in Spacey being dropped from the sixth and final season of the Netflix series "House of Cards," and erased from the 2017 movie "All the Money in the World." Christopher Plummer was brought in take over his role and reshoot all of Spacey's scenes.

FILE PHOTO: The star of actor Kevin Spacey is pictured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, U.S., October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Netflix in January reported a $39 million write-off on Spacey-related projects.

London's Old Vic theater, where Spacey served as artistic director for 12 years, said last year that it received 20 accusations of inappropriate conduct by Spacey between 1995 and 2013.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Gorman

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