Kevin Spacey In Court For Arraignment In Sexual Assault Case

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The busboy told his family about the alleged assault at the time but did not report the incident to police until more than a year later.

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 with Spacey at his urging.

The disgraced actor was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court.

A judge set a preliminary hearing date for March 4 and ruled that Spacey did not need to appear. Spacey Attorney Alan Jackson said there is data that is "likely exculpatory" for Spacey. If convicted, Spacey will reportedly be imprisoned for up to five years.

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

In addition to the Nantucket case, two other investigations are underway in Los Angeles and London, where Spacey served as artistic director of the prestigious Old Vic theater from 2004 to 2015.

Media trucks lined the street before dawn, and locals on the island, which teems with tourists in the summer but quiets down in the winter, drove by slowly to take photos of reporters standing in line in the cold.

Kevin Spacey has played many fictional roles in his four-decade career - how he must wish his next appearance was one of them.

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The 59-year-old actor is one of dozens of men in the entertainment industry, business and politics who have been accused of sexual misconduct since accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017 sparked the #MeToo movement.

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

Spacey had sought to avoid attending the arraignment in person, arguing that his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

Unruh has accused Spacey of purchasing alcohol for her son until he was drunk and then sticking his hand inside of her son's trousers and grabbing his genitals. She also said how her son left the restaurant when Spacey went to the bathroom.

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

In a video titled "Let Me Be Frank", Mr Spacey 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". It was unclear whether he was referring to the charge.

The actor Anthony Rapp was the first to accuse Spacey of making a sexual advance - and alleged the incident happened in 1986, when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.

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