Elton John testifies for Kevin Spacey defence in U.K. sexual assault trial – National

Elton John accused Kevin Spacey on Monday of sexual assault trial when he tried to discredit a man who claimed the Oscar winner violently grabbed him by the groin as he drove to a summer ball. Spacey’s attorney briefly testified for the defense.

John spoke to a London court on video link from Monaco after his husband, David Furnish, testified that Spacey did not attend the annual party at his Windsor home the year the accusers alleged he was attacked. appeared in court.

One of the alleged victims was driving Spacey to the White Tie & Tiara Ball in a car in 2004 or 2005 when Spacey grabbed Spacey so hard that he nearly ran off the road. said to have become

Furnish supported Spacey’s own testimony that he attended the event only in 2001. Furnish reviewed photos taken at the party from 2001 to 2005, but she said Spacey only appeared in images from that year. He said all the guests are photographed every year.

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According to John, the actor arrived after attending a party in the early 2000s and arriving by private jet.

Furnish said Spacey’s appearance came as a surprise, but he remembered it because it was important.

“He’s an Oscar-winning actor, and there was a lot of buzz and excitement that he was at the ball,” Furnish said.

John said he only remembers Spacey coming to the gala once, and that Spacey spent the night at their house after the event. She also confirmed that Spacey bought a Mini Cooper at an auction held for the Elton John AIDS Foundation that night.

The alleged victim said he may have gotten the year wrong, but he never forgot the incident because he almost crashed his car in a breathtaking event.

But the chronology is important, as the man testified that he had been caressed by Spacey for several years, starting in the early 2000s. The incident, he said, was the last time he avoided threatening to punch an actor.

Spacey said the two were friends and had a romantic relationship, but respected the man’s wish not to take the relationship further because he was heterosexual. She said he was devastated when he found out that the man had filed a police complaint against her, and said he “had second thoughts” about what he had consensually mentioned.

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Furnish said he knew the accuser well and described him as “attractive” in the same words Spacey used.

Spacey, 63, has pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including one count of sexual and lewd assault and one count of perpetual sexual intercourse without consent.

In two days of testimony last week, the two-time Academy Award winner claimed he did not sexually assault three of the four accusers who testified to disturbing encounters between 2001 and 2013. . The behavior allegedly escalated from unwanted touching to aggressive caressing to an instance of performance. Oral sex is performed on an unconscious man.

Spacey dismissed one man’s display of affection as “pure fantasy” and said she met the other two consensually but later regretted it. He acknowledged a fourth man’s claim of “clumsy passing” on a night of heavy drinking, but made an exception for the characterization of a “crotch grab.”

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John’s testimony came just over a week after completing a 50-year touring career in Stockholm.

it’s the second time rocket man Starr and Furnish appeared in court in London earlier this year. The pair appeared at a hearing in a phone-hacking lawsuit against Prince Harry against the publisher of the Daily Mail.

The couple, the Duke of Sussex and actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost are among a group of plaintiffs alleging that Associated Newspapers Ltd. violated privacy by intercepting voicemails and illegally eavesdropping. is.

A judge is deciding whether to waive the lawsuit after the publisher said the group took too long to file its claims.

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