Kevin Spacey arrives in court on charges of allegedly groping young man
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jan 08, 2019,
Jan 08, 2019, 1:21
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".
Kevin Spacey has finally had his day in court.
The judge also granted a request by Spacey's lawyers to preserve the victim's mobile phone data from the six months following the alleged July 7, 2016 assault. At the hearing, Spacey's attorney, Alan Jackson, noted the lack of corroborating witnesses and that the young man was not interviewed by police until a year after the incident. The court agreed to waive Spacey's appearance; however, he must be available by phone.
Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino asked at the hearing that Spacey have no contact with his alleged victim or the accuser's family.
It's the first criminal case brought against Spacey after several sexual misconduct allegations crippled his career in 2017.
The 18-year-old said he told the actor he was a 23-year-old college student.
"By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted", said lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of clergy sexual abuse victims.
News. "My client is leading by example".
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.
Today is the first time he has appeared in court after charges were announced in December.
The alleged victim is the son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the incident a year ago.
In court papers, the defense has also targeted Unruh, asserting that she is the "driving force" behind the prosecution of Spacey, who is charged under his real name, Kevin S. Fowler, and not her son.
On Christmas Eve, Spacey posted a video contesting allegations against him. If convicted, Spacey will reportedly be imprisoned for up to five years.
Spacey became embroiled in controversy in October 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.
He said that after three minutes of this, Spacey went to the bathroom.