Kevin Spacey's lawyers enter not guilty plea in sex assault

by Dwayne Torres January 8, 2019, 1:19
Kevin Spacey's lawyers enter not guilty plea in sex assault

The case against the former House of Cards star stems from a 2016 incident in which a then-18-year-old man alleged that Spacey sexually assaulted him.

Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court following his arraignment.

A new court date was set for March 4, at which Spacey will not have to appear.

The Oscar winner's legal team asked for - and were granted - an order to preserve the victim's cell phone data for six months following the alleged assault. He did not enter a plea.

Spacey's attorney Alan Jackson said there was data that was "likely exculpatory" for Spacey.

Looking exhausted, Spacey agreed not to have contact with his alleged victim and nodded his head slightly when he was ordered to stand before the judge.

The accusation was first disclosed in November 2017, when Heather Unruh, a former Boston TV anchor, held a press conference to accuse Spacey of groping her son.

"My client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted", attorney Mitchell Garabedian said in an email.

News. "My client is leading by example".

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Spacey is one of dozens of men in the entertainment industry and politics who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past 10 months, partly as a result of the #MeToo social media movement.

The attorneys said prosecutors have only provided a copy of a brief Snapchat video the victim said he took of the alleged incident, but that, according to Spacey's attorneys, does not show any actual groping. Spacey tried to get out of appearing at his arraignment, saying his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated" by the case.

After the formal charge against him was announced, Spacey released a video in which he seemed to attempt to refute the charges.

Kevin Spacey has arrived at court to face a judge in the sexual assault case against him.

The alleged victim is the son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the incident past year.

Judge Thomas Barrett warned the gallery not to disrupt the proceedings with cellphones or electronics as Spacey peered around the room smirking.

After several minutes, Spacey got up to go to the bathroom and the 18-year-old left the bar and went home, the complaint states.

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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