Fantastic Beasts actor appeals against conviction for sexual assault

Actor, 33, who appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Dunkirk appeals against conviction for sexually assaulting a vulnerable actress after a night out

  • Kevin Guthrie, 33, who denied the charge, was jailed for three years last week
  • He assaulted 29-year-old woman inside fellow actor Scott Reid’s flat in Glasgow
  • Actor has now instructed legal team to challenge both conviction and sentence
  • His appeal bid was lodged at High Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh today

An actor who appeared in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Dunkirk will appeal against his conviction for sexually assaulting a vulnerable actress after a night out.

Kevin Guthrie, 33, was jailed for three years last week after being found guilty of molesting a 29-year-old woman inside a flat in Glasgow between September 30 and October 1, 2017.  

The Sunshine On Leith star, who denied the charge, has now instructed his legal team to challenge both his conviction and sentence.

The assault took place at the home of Still Game actor Scott Reid, who played Methadone Mick in the BBC comedy series, and Guthrie had insisted that he had only ‘helped’ the woman after she became unwell.

However, his DNA was found on her clothing and he was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Kevin Guthrie (seen outside court last week), 33, was jailed for three years after being found guilty of sexual assault. He has now instructed his legal team to challenge both his conviction and sentence

Guthrie’s appeal bid was lodged at the High Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh today and a hearing will take place at a later date.

He did not request to be released on bail pending his appeal and remains in custody.

Guthrie’s trial was told the woman had been due to meet him and Mr Reid at a bar on the night of the alleged attack, but Mr Reid received a call from a taxi driver asking him to collect her as she appeared ill.

He and Guthrie helped the woman into the flat in Glasgow’s Kelvindale and put her on a bed.

Mr Reid called NHS 24, leaving Guthrie in the room ‘to make sure she was okay’. But the woman recalled bed covers then ‘being moved down my body’.

She told the court: ‘I remember my top being lifted up and my bra being held down.’

As well as his jail sentence, Guthrie, from Glasgow, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period. Pictured: Guthrie as Abernathy in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The woman added: ‘There would be times when Scott would come back in the room and he would pull the covers back on top of me and pull my top down.’

Guthrie then sexually assaulted the woman. He was unable to explain why his DNA was found on the woman’s clothing.

As well as his jail sentence, Guthrie, from Glasgow, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for an indefinite period.

Pictured: Guthrie in Sunshine on Leith in 2013

Sentencing him, Sheriff Tom Hughes said: ‘You had an educational background and worked extremely hard to get a part in acting in acclaimed films.

‘The court must show that women can be protected from domestic sexual offences.’

‘You committed this crime in a position of trust. She was unwell and thought her drink had been spiked elsewhere that night.

‘The other man was urgently getting medical assistance and you were left in the room with her when she was not able to look after herself.

‘The jury accepted that you committed these heinous crimes and the only appropriate sentence is imprisonment.’

Gordon Jackson, QC, defending, had told the sentencing hearing that Guthrie maintained his innocence.

He said: ‘If ever there was a case where something appears out of character it is this. The price he will pay with his own career is immense.

‘He wasn’t a jobbing actor, he was doing well. No disrespect but no matter what you do to him, this will have an effect on his future and career.’

The High Court in Edinburgh confirmed an ‘intimation of intention to appeal’ against conviction and sentence had been lodged for Guthrie.

Guthrie, who is set to appear in the third Fantastic Beasts film in 2022, also starred in the 2015 film Sunset Song and Netflix series The English Game.         

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