Kevin Spacey appears before a judge to face charges of sexual assault

Posted January 08, 2019

Actor Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. ET for the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old man.

Mr Spacey had tried to avoid the arraignment hearing but was ordered to appear by a judge who dismissed his argument that his presence would generate significant adverse publicity.

Spacey must stay away from the young man who accused him of groping him at a MA bar in 2016 and his family, the judge ordered.

He said the actor would not need to appear then, but should be available by phone.

The actor's legal team claims, however, that they believe text messages from the alleged victim and his girlfriend could prove that Spacey did not assault the man, but rather that the interaction was consensual. Jackson said the data was "likely exculpatory".

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The actor and his lawyers declined to comment as they left the courthouse amid a crush of reporters.

The Nantucket allegations were first raised in November 2017 by former Boston television journalist Heather Unruh, who told reporters Spacey groped her teenage son on July 7, 2016 at the Club Car restaurant and bar, where her son worked as a bus boy.

Kevin Spacey has arrived at court to face a judge in the sexual assault case against him. Spacey did not say a word as he walked through the mass of cameras.

"By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted", the alleged victim's lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, retorted.

Lawyers for Kevin Spacey Monday said the man at the center of a criminal sexual misconduct charge against the actor has made "patently false" allegations after he chose to participate in "mutual and consensual flirtation" at an island bar in 2016.

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News. "My client is leading by example". The victim said he videotaped Spacey groping him.

United Kingdom police are also investigating several allegations that centre around his time serving as artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre.

The American star became embroiled in controversy in the wake of the #MeToo movement, after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14. Spacey nodded slightly when a judge asked if he understood.

In a video titled "Let Me Be Frank", he appeared in character as Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards, and said "I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn't do".

In a Twitter statement, Spacey said he did not remember the incident but offered an apology.

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