Actor Kevin Spacey to face sex assault case in Nantucket courtroom


Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at his arraignment in Nantucket to answer accusations that he groped an 18-year-old man in a bar on the resort island in 2016.

Kevin Spacey is in court.

The judge additionally ordered Spacey to have no contact with the man accusing him of assault, and requested that six months of the accuser's phone data be preserved, The Associated Press reports.

Spacey's lawyers said that despite the texts and Snapchat messages during the encounter, the teen didn't tell his then-girlfriend about the alleged sexual assault. He will not, however, be required to attend the next pre-trial hearing scheduled for March 4th. Spacey's attorney Alan Jackson told the judge they believe the cellphones contain information that is "likely exculpatory" for Spacey.

Spacey then allegedly invited him back to his place, along with some other friends.

The Nantucket allegations were first raised in 2017 by former Boston television journalist Heather Unruh, who told reporters Spacey groped her teenage son.

The victim said that is when he left.

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

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Garabedian is not a part of the criminal case against Spacey.

Spacey was considered one of the finest actors of his generation, but his career nosedived following allegations of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men in the United States and Britain.

He had previously tried to get out of traveling to the city to appear in court, with his lawyers filing a request that he be allowed to enter his plea without being physically present due to concern that his appearance would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case".

On the same day he was charged in December, Spacey released a freakish YouTube video in which he spoke in character as House of Cards' Frank Underwood to deny the allegations.

She accused Mr Spacey of buying her then 18-year-old son alcohol - the drinking age in MA is 21 - and then groping him.

Prosecutors announced charges against Spacey on Christmas Eve.

His accuser is the son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the incident a year ago. "He's the worst of the worst", Fowler said, adding he supported Spacey's accusers.

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