Kevin Spacey 'mugged' in London park

April 19, 2004

Kevin Spacey
Photo - AFP
LONDON — Kevin Spacey reported to London police that he had been mugged before dawn in a park in the south of the British capital but then asked them to drop the charge, police said Monday.

The incident, which occurred while the Hollywood actor was walking his dog in Lambeth south of the Thames, happened on Saturday morning.

"A man attended a London police station at about 5 a.m. on April 17 suffering a minor head injury. He reported robbery of his mobile phone whilst walking his dog in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park," Scotland Yard said.

Speaking to the BBC Monday, Spacey, 44, apologised for the incident, said he was quite well and added he felt foolish.

"What actually happened is, I fell for a con. And I was, I think, incredibly embarrassed by it. Some sob story about somebody needing to call their mother and could they use my phone," he said.

Spacey said he dialled the number himself and then handed over the phone.

"And this kid took off and I was so upset I ran after him. It was late in the morning and I was walking my dog, it was about 4 a.m., and I tripped up over my dog, and I ended up falling on to the street and hitting myself in the head," the actor said.

"And now I'm bleeding relatively profusely, I'm extremely upset, I feel like the biggest fool that has ever lived," he added.

Spacey indicated he had withdrawn the mugging charge, as he had not been assaulted.

"I woke up after a couple of hours' sleep and I thought you know there is a difference between assault and theft and it just wasn't on for me to not come clean about my own level of embarrassment and being humble at the fact that I got taken by the oldest con going," he said.

Asked what he was doing in the park at 4 a.m., Spacey said: "You know walking your dog in the park is a perfectly normal thing to do, but you know I think that they are always trying to, you know... "What was he doing in that park at 4.30 am?'. My doggy had to go!"

In 2000, Spacey denied in an interview that he was gay, following an article in Esquire magazine in 1997 insinuating that he was.

The actor, who won Oscars for his roles in "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty", has taken a strong interest in reviving London's Old Vic theatre and was made artistic director there last year. – Sapa-dpa



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