Linda Culkin, John Doe, Ari Behn: Three of Kevin Spacey's accusers have died this year.

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Ari Behn, a former Norwegian royal who accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault in 2017, has died by suicide aged 47, just hours after Spacey shared a bizarre video on social media.

In 2017, Behn accused Spacey, 60, of groping him under the table at a Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo a decade earlier. He is the third Spacey accuser to die in 2019.

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Behn, who was born in Denmark, was married to Martha Louise, the oldest daughter of Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja, for 14 years. The couple divorced in 2017 and have three daughters: Maud Angelica, 16, Leah Isadora, 14, and Emma Tallulah, 11.

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Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn. Image: Getty.

In a statement, Norway's King Harald said Behn was "an important part of our family for many years and we carry warm and good memories of him with us".


Behn's accusation.

During a radio interview in 2017, Behn claimed that Spacey groped him under a table during a banquet in 2007, just after he and actress Uma Thurman had finished hosting a Nobel Peace Prize concert.


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He and Spacey were seated next to each other when the alleged incident occurred.

"We had a nice conversation," Behn said. "After five minutes, he says 'Hey, let's go out and have a cigarette'. Then he puts his hand under the table and grabs me by the balls."

Behn, who was married to the princess at the time, said he was so taken aback that his only response was, "Eh? Maybe later."

Spacey's video.

Behn's death comes after Spacey, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men, released a video on Christmas Eve in which he said he would kill his enemies "with kindness".

In the video, Spacey was speaking with a Southern accent like one of his most famous characters: President Frank Underwood from Netflix's House of Cards.


"The next time someone does something you don’t like, you can go on the attack, but you can also hold your fire and do the unexpected," he said.

He finishes: "You can kill them with kindness," as ominous music plays in the background.

Two other Spacey accusers have died.

John Doe.

Another of Spacey's accusers, an anonymous massage therapist, died in September just one month before his lawsuit against the actor was set to go to trial.

The alleged victim, known only 'John Doe', filed the lawsuit against Spacey in Los Angeles Superior Court in September 2018.

The Hollywood Reporter has said Doe claimed he was hired to give Spacey a massage at his home in Malibu in October 2016.

After being greeted by the actor, Doe alleged he was led to an upstairs bedroom where Spacey locked the door behind them.

The actor allegedly told the masseur he was having some discomfort in his groin and laid down on the table facing up. The complainant alleged Spacey forced his hand to his testicles.

Doe claimed he jumped back in shock and the actor then complimented his eyes, tried to kiss him and offered him oral sex. He said he asked Spacey to let him leave multiple times before the actor stopped blocking his way.

In September, just a month after the sides agreed to proceedings, which would likely have meant a seven to 11-day trial, the masseur's attorney informed Spacey that his client "recently passed". As the trial relied on testimony, the charges were dropped.

Linda Culkin.

Linda Culkin died after being struck by a car in Quincy, Massachusetts. No charges were filed against the driver, who remained at the scene.

Culkin, a former nursing assistant who was 59 when she died, was the first to accuse Spacey of misconduct against young men. She began cyberstalking the actor in 2009 after one of her patients accused Spacey of attacking him.

In 2014 she was sentenced to more than four years in prison for sending him and his associates death and bomb threats.


Criminal charges dropped.

In 2018, Spacey was charged with battery and indecent assault for allegedly grabbing an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016.

The accuser told police he was working as a busboy at the restaurant when he started drinking with Spacey one night in July 2016.

After both men had several drinks, the young man claimed Spacey put his hand on his thigh, unzipped his pants and rubbed his penis for about three minutes, according to court documents seen by The New York Times.

The young man said, according to a police report, that Spacey was trying to take him home but he escaped after telling a woman he thought Spacey was attempting to rape him.

The lawsuit was dropped "with prejudice," in July meaning it will not be refiled.

It is not known if a settlement was reached.

Other accusations.

In October 2017 Rent actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance towards him back in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old.

In response, Spacey said he has "a lot of respect and admiration" for Rapp, and that he did not recall the incident the Broadway star described.

"If I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years," Spacey said in a statement posted to Twitter.

Following Rapp coming forward, a slew of other men, including Harry Dreyfuss, son of actor Richard Dreyfuss, made their own accusations against the actor.

Dreyfuss wrote that Spacey fondled him when he was 18 despite his obvious discomfort and indication the touching should stop.

More than 20 additional allegations were also connected with Spacey’s time as Artistic Director at The Old Vic theatre in London.

Six allegations of sexual assault by six different men, ranging from 1996 to 2013, have been lodged against Spacey at Scotland Yard in the UK. Variety reported Spacey was interviewed by police about these charges in May. No charges have been laid.

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