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28 July 2023 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

Actor Kevin Spacey cleared of sexual abuse charges

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In this week’s podcast, the Abuse team discuss some recent headlines involving Kevin Spacey’s not guilty verdict for sexual abuse allegations, and Andrew Malkinson’s overturned conviction after spending 17 years in prison for rape that he did not commit. Further, the team discuss the historic case of Stefan Kiszko, another wrongful conviction for rape and murder, who also faced prison time for a crime he did not commit.

The team discuss how the cases highlight how crucial the need for justice system is to be fair, open and transparent, and in particular why the need for disclosure from both sides is necessary, whether looking from the point of view of the victim or defendant in abuse cases; As demonstrated in these cases, evidence can go badly wrong, and the implications of that can be devastating from every angle.

We encourage anyone who has concerns about sexual abuse to get in touch with our specialist sexual abuse solicitors.

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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