Kevin Spacey denies sexually assaulting teen on Nantucket

08 January, 2019, 03:06 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Kevin Spacey in court

Former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey stood impassively in a Nantucket courtroom on Monday before pleading not guilty to sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at an island bar over two years ago, a charge his lawyer dismissed as "patently false".

"On December 20, 2018 following a public show cause hearing at Nantucket District Court, Clerk Magistrate Brian Kearney issued a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey", read a statement from the Cape and Islands District Attorney office.

Spacey, a two-time Oscar victor, had tried to avoid appearing in court, with his lawyers arguing that his presence would turn the arraignment into a circus. During a nine-minute hearing, Spacey was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with the alleged victim or his family.

A judge denied Spacey's bid to avoid appearing in person on Monday.

His representative, Alan Jackson, successfully argued that the alleged victim's phone records be preserved because they could benefit Spacey's case.

Spacey could face up to five years in prison if convicted. "You're smarter than that", Spacey said in the video. Spacey then unzipped the accuser's trousers and rubbed his penis, both in and out of his trousers, for about three minutes, he told police.

Spacey is also the subject of criminal investigation in Los Angeles and in England for other alleged sexual assaults.

News. "My client is leading by example". He told police that Spacey bought him a bunch of drinks, and tried to convince him to go back to his house.


The court appearance comes after perhaps the strangest response that any celebrity has had to the recent wave of assault allegations. "Spacey stuck his hand inside my son's trousers and grabbed his genitals", Unruh said.

But in a motion seeking to preserve cellphone and other evidence from the accuser and his then-girlfriend, defense attorneys called the allegations "unsubstantiated and after-the-fact".

First, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him in 1986 when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26, Rapp told BuzzFeed News.

The movie star stepped out of the spotlight for a year, amid reports he was seeking help, but he re-emerged just before Christmas in a weird video, in which he reprised his House of Cards character, President Frank Underwood, and suggested his fans wanted him back.

Kevin Spacey arrives at Nantucket District Court for his arraignment.

"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 e-mail".

"Spacey never said a word", member station WBUR's Frederic Thys reports.

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