Spacey’s lawyers en­ter not guilty plea in sex as­sault

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Alanna Durkin Richer

NAN­TUCKET, Mass. — Lawyers for Kevin Spacey en­tered a not guilty plea on his be­half in Mas­sachusetts court early last week on charges he groped an 18-year-old bus­boy in 2016.

Spacey was ar­raigned on a charge of felony in­de­cent as­sault and bat­tery dur­ing a hear­ing at Nan­tucket District Court. The judge set an­other hear­ing for March 4. Spacey does not have to ap­pear, the judge ruled, but said he needs to be avail­able by phone.

Spacey must stay away from his ac­cuser and his ac­cuser’s fam­ily, the judge also or­dered.

The judge granted a re­quest by Spacey’s lawyers to pre­serve text mes­sages and other data on the cell­phones of the vic­tim and his then-girl­friend on the day of the al­leged as­sault and six months af­ter.

Spacey’s at­tor­ney Alan Jack­son told the judge they be­lieve the cell­phones con­tain in­for­ma­tion that is “likely ex­cul­pa­tory” for Spacey.

Spacey and his lawyers de­clined to com­ment as they left the court­house amid a crush of re­porters. Spacey, wear­ing a grey suit, navy vest and polka dot tie, didn’t speak dur­ing the hear­ing.

The hear­ing comes more than a year af­ter a for­mer Bos­ton TV an­chor accused the for­mer “House of Cards” star of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her son, then 18, in the crowded bar at the Club Car, where the teen worked as a bus­boy.

Spacey’s lawyers have tried to poke holes in the case, not­ing that the teenager didn’t im­me­di­ately re­port the al­le­ga­tions and that au­thor­i­ties have no wit­nesses to the ac­tual grop­ing. In court doc­u­ments, Spacey’s lawyers write that the young man lied about his age, “wel­comed drinks” bought by Spacey, left the bar with him to smoke a cig­a­rette and gave Spacey his phone num­ber.

“At best, this de­scribes two peo­ple en­gaged in mu­tual and con­sen­sual flir­ta­tion, noth­ing more,” his at­tor­neys wrote.

If con­victed, Spacey faces as many as five years in prison.

/ AP-Steven Senne

Ac­tor Kevin Spacey ar­rives at district court in Nan­tucket, Mass., to be ar­raigned on a charge of in­de­cent as­sault and bat­tery. The Os­car-win­ning ac­tor is accused of grop­ing the teenage son of a for­mer Bos­ton TV an­chor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nan­tucket.

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