He could face five years in prison
Kevin Spacey has appeared in court today and has pleaded not guilty to an indecent assault charge.
Lawyers for the Oscar-winner had previously filed an unsuccessful request for the judge to excuse his attendance, with Spacey arguing that his presence would “amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case.”
However, Spacey appeared in court today alongside his lawyers where a plea of “not guilty” was entered on his behalf. You can see footage from Spacey’s court appearance here:
The House of Cards star is accused of indecent assault and battery after a then 18-year-old alleged that Spacey got him drunk at a restaurant in Nantucket in 2016 before the assault occurred.
The incident allegedly occurred for “three minutes”, with official documents claiming that he “unzipped the man’s fly, stuck his hands in his pants and began to rub his penis.”
Although Spacey’s lawyers say that the allegations come from a “drunk sycophant who has no proof of any inappropriate contact”, the star could face up to five years in prison if he is eventually convicted.
Today, prosecutors asked that Spacey stays away from the alleged victim and his family to which the court agreed. Meanwhile, defence lawyers asked the court to preserve mobile phone data and other text messages from the victim from the date of the incident until six months afterwards. They said that the information would be “likely exculpatory” for Spacey.
The next court appearance for the 59-year-old is scheduled for March 4. Whilst the judge agreed to waive Spacey’s right to appearing at the hearing, he deemed that the actor must be reachable by phone.
Spacey has faced a slew of allegations after Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp previously accused him of assault in November 2017. In response, Spacey wrote: ” If I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.”
In December 2018, Spacey also recorded a bizarre video that saw him reprising the role of Frank Underwood to directly address the allegations,