Kevin Spacey appears in court, pleads not guilty to felony sexual assault

Kevin Spacey appears in court, pleads not guilty to felony sexual assault

Darren Sullivan
January 8, 2019

Actor Kevin Spacey is due in court later today to appear before a judge on Nantucket, Massachusetts, over accusations he sexually assaulted a teenager in 2016.

Additionally, Spacey was ordered not to have any contact with his alleged victim or his family.

Spacey's defense team has said the young man's delay in reporting the incident undermines the credibility of his claims. Jackson also implied that the groping could have been consensual, noting that the young man reported that it last for three full minutes.

The victim said that is when he left. The judge said no.

Two-time Oscar Award victor Kevin Spacey appeared in court on Monday over allegations he sexually assaulted a young man.

Sexual assault allegations saw Spacey axed from Netflix's House of Cards.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who performed in several Old Vic productions, said it seemed that "it only took a male under 30 to make Mr Spacey feel free to touch us".

Kevin Spacey’s career is suffering due to a cascade of allegations
Kevin Spacey’s career is suffering due to a cascade of allegations

The civil attorney for the accuser said in a statement ahead of the hearing that his client is "leading by example".

The filing further stated that if Spacey attended the hearing, it would "only serve to heighten prejudicial media interest in the case and will increase the risk of contamination of the pool of jurors available for the trial".

When the doors opened, more than two dozen journalists packed the courtroom hours before Spacey was scheduled to appear.

The Nantucket case is the first criminal case brought against Spacey since other allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him in 2017. He faces a single charge of indecent assault and battery, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. The teen told police that he sent his girlfriend a video of the incident, which she confirmed.

Spacey had asked the court to excuse him from appearing at Monday's arraignment, saying his presence would "amplify negative publicity" around the case. Unsurprisingly, Spacey announced a few days ago that he would be pleading not guilty to the charges. It was unclear whether he was referring to the charge.

The first public allegation of abuse came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey sexually assaulted him when Rapp was 14, in 1986.

After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old - the legal drinking age is 21 in MA - he said he started drinking first beer and then whiskey at Spacey's urging.

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