Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip hearing in sexual assault case

01 January, 2019, 13:49 | Author: Regina Boyd
  • Kevin Spacey participates in the speaker series in New York. Lawyers for Spacey are asking a judge to excuse the actor from a Jan. 7 2019 hearing in Nantucket Mass. The 59-year-old Oscar winner is charged with fel

Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey will plead not guilty to sexual assault of the 18-year-old son of a Boston TV news anchor at his January 7 arraignment in Nantucket, Mass. District Court, according to an affidavit obtained by the Boston Globe.

Spacey, an Oscar-winner, denies groping an 18-year-old in a restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 2016.

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The actor said in documents received by the court earlier on Monday that he is pleading not guilty and believes he should be excused from appearing at the forthcoming arraignment, the term that describes the process in the USA of calling someone before a court to answer a criminal charge.

Emails seeking comment on the judge's ruling were sent to Spacey's attorneys and the district attorney's office handling the case.

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An attorney for Spacey, Juliane Balliro, had argued that Spacey's presence at his arraignment would only "heighten prejudicial media interest in the case" and increase the risk of contaminating the jury pool.

It is has also been claimed that the alleged victim lied about his age.

Unruh told reporters that her son didn't report the assault at the time because he was embarrassed and scared.

The case against Spacey was revealed earlier this month, the same day that he tweeted out a freaky video of himself as his character Frank Underwood, from the Netflix series House of Cards.

"Retired since 2017" suggests that Spacey had a say in his fall from grace; in reality, his career was derailed by numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, which found new resonance in the #MeToo movement.

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