Actor Kevin Guthrie was jailed for three years on Friday after he was convicted of
sexually assaulting a vulnerable actress.
Guthrie, who played villainous wizard Abernathy in the first two films in the Harry Potter
spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was accused of assaulting
a 29-year-old woman who had appeared unwell during a night out in Glasgow, Scotland
in September 2017.
Kevin took advantage of the woman inside the flat of fellow actor Scott Reid in Glasgow
between September 30 and October 1, 2017.
The actor insisted he had only ‘helped’ the woman after she began to feel unwell but
his DNA was found inside her underwear.
She had been due to meet both men at a bar in Glasgow but Reid received a call
from a taxi driver requesting he collect her as she had fallen ill.
They then put her to bed, with the court hearing that Reid called a National Health
Service helpline while Guthrie remained in the room with her “to make sure she was OK”.
Describing the assault, the woman told the court: “I remember my top being lifted up
and my bra being held down.”
The 33-year-old groped her, performed sex acts, and kissed her on the mouth – stopping
when Reid returned to the room.
After a jury convicted the star, Sheriff Tom Hughes said he had taken advantage of
the “vulnerable” woman. He praised Reid for trying to get her medical help.
He told Guthrie: “You were in a position of trust while she was in distress and unwell.
This is a heinous crime – you were meant to be looking after her while she wasn’t able to
look after herself.”
The disgraced actor has been sentenced to three years in jail and will be placed on
Britain‘s sex offenders register indefinitely.