‘Fantastic Beasts’ Actor Kevin Guthrie Sentenced To Prison For Sexual Assault
Scottish actor Kevin Guthrie, known for such films as Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and Dunkirk, has been sentenced to prison for sexual assault. The incident occurred in 2017, but the four-day trial only recently concluded in a conviction. Guthrie will serve three years in prison and be on the sex offender register for the rest of his life.
The 33-year-old denied the allegations of sexual assault, but his DNA was found inside the victim’s underwear. In 2017, Guthrie and fellow actor Scott Reid were supposed to meet a woman at the bar in Glasglow when they got a phone call from her taxi driver that she appeared sick. Guthrie and Reid took the woman back to Reid’s apartment while they figured out what to do. Reid left Guthrie and the ill woman alone while he attempted to contact a doctor. Instead of caring for her, Guthrie used the opportunity to perform several sexual acts on the woman without consent, like kissing her and taking off her top. He reportedly stopped whenever Reid walked in.
Guthrie was found guilty despite denying the incident occurred. After sentencing, Glasglow Sheriff Tom Hughes told Guthrie, “The court must show that women can be protected from domestic sexual offences. The offence you have been convicted of caused distress and consequences to the young woman involved in this case. She was unwell and thought her drink had been spiked elsewhere that night. The jury accepted that you committed these heinous crimes and the only appropriate sentence is imprisonment.”
Warner Bros. confirmed that the character of Abernathy, played by Guthrie, will not return for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3.