Kevin Spacey asks to skip MA court appearance

Calvin Saunders
January 1, 2019

Spacey had submitted a statement to Nantucket district court that his presence at a hearing scheduled for 7 January, on accusations that he groped a young man at a local restaurant and bar, would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

Kevin Spacey has been ordered by Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett to appear in court for his arraignment on a felony charge of sexual assault in which the actor is accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a MA bar in 2016, reports said Monday. The cap was a reference to the year his career imploded amid a number of sexual assault and harassment claims which emerged after Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey attempted to sleep with him when he was just 14 years old.

Spacey said in court documents, filed on Monday, that will plead not guilty to indecent assault.

Prosecutors asked the judge to deny the motion.

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The Oscar victor is charged with felony indecent assault and battery in the 2016 incident at a Nantucket restaurant during which prosecutors say he groped an 18-year-old man.

At a probable cause hearing in Nantucket County Court on December 20, Spacey's attorney highlighted the purported incongruities in the accuser's story and went as far as to act out the alleged abuse, according to audio of the hearing, which was first published by the Boston Globe.

Spacey's latest stunt comes less than a week after he released a weird YouTube video - his first social-media interaction in more than a year - in character in his former "House of Cards" role, Frank Underwood.

"I appreciate what you're doing", Spacey can be heard telling the photographer in video captured by TMZ. "Only you and I both know it's never that simple, not in politics and not in life".

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