British prosecutors said that they had authorized criminal charges against Mr. Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.
LONDON — The British authorities are bringing criminal charges against Kevin Spacey on four counts of sexual assault against three men, the country’s Crown Prosecution Service announced in a news release on Thursday.
Rosemary Ainslie, head of the service’s special crime division, said in the release that Mr. Spacey, 62, had “also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.”
The charges followed a review of the evidence collected by London’s police force.
The news release did not provide any detail of when a trial might be held, but said the charges concerned three complainants. The incidents dated from March 2005, August 2008 and April 2013, it added. All the incidents occurred in London, except one from 2013, which occurred in Gloucestershire, England.
Representatives for Mr. Spacey did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The first person to publicly accuse Mr. Spacey of sexual misconduct was the actor Anthony Rapp, who said in 2017 that Mr. Spacey had made unwanted sexual advances toward him in the 1980s, when he was 14 years old.
Soon after that a former television anchor came forward to accuse Mr. Spacey of sexually assaulting her son, and then 20 people who worked with Mr. Spacey at the Old Vic theater in London, where he was artistic director for 11 years, accused him of inappropriate behavior.
In 2018, Mr. Spacey was charged with the sexual assault of the television anchor’s 18-year-old son in Nantucket, Mass. Prosecutors dropped the case when the accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to continue testifying.
A massage therapist sued Mr. Spacey in California in 2019, accusing him of groping and trying to kiss him before offering him oral sex during a massage. The accuser died unexpectedly ahead of the trial and the case was dismissed when his estate dropped the lawsuit.
TV and film producers started dropping Mr. Spacey from projects after Mr. Rapp’s accusations, including from the Netflix political drama “House of Cards,” which finished its run without the actor. But more recently, he has found roles in smaller films, including an Italian feature and an American thriller.
Alex Marshall reported from London, and Julia Jacobs from New York.