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London Police Investigate Kevin Spacey For Third Sex Assault Allegation

HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Actor Kevin Spacey is the subject of a third sex crime investigation by London's Metropolitan Police, it was reported Wednesday.

Spacey, 58 was not named directly by the Metropolitan Police in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. But the department did say it was investigating a third allegation that a man had sexually assaulted another man in the Westminster area of London in 2005.

The man under investigation is the same person who is the subject of investigations related to a prior 2005 sex assault allegation as well as one in 2008 in the Lambeth part of London. Sources have previously identified that man as Spacey.

The Westminster allegation was reported to police in December, officials said in the statement.

The allegations against Spacey began in October, when actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had made sexual advances towards him in 1986, when Rapp was 14.

In response, Spacey said he was "beyond horrified", adding that he doesn't remember the encounter. In the same statement, Spacey came out as gay, leading to a flood of criticism against the actor.

"I choose now to live as a gay man," Spacey wrote.

Following Rapp's claim, several allegations poured in against Spacey, prompting Netflix to kick him off his hit show "House of Cards."

A former news anchor held a news conference alleging that Spacey had grabbed her then 18-year-old son's genitals at a Nantucket, Mass., restaurant in 2016.

Actor Harry Dreyfuss, the son of Richard Dreyfuss, said he was groped by Spacey in 2008 in Spacey's apartment.

In November, London's Old Vic Theater, where Spacey had served as artistic director from 2004 to 2015, announced that it had received 20 allegations of inappropriate behavior against him.

In an extraordinary move, Spacey was pulled from the Ridley Scott movie "All the Money in the World" after it had finished filming and was set for a December release. Spacey, who played billionaire J. Paul Getty in the film, was replaced by veteran actor Christopher Plummer. In the span of a few weeks, Scott reshot all Spacey's scenes with Plummer, and had the film finished and edited in time for its Dec. 22 release.

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