Nantucket, Mass. • Kevin Spacey arrived at a courthouse on a resort island Monday to reply accusations that he groped a young man in a bar there in 2016.
The two-time Oscar winner has mentioned he’ll plead not responsible in Nantucket District Court to felony indecent assault and battery.
The listening to comes greater than a 12 months after a former Boston TV anchor accused the previous “House of Cards” star of sexually assaulting her son, then 18, within the crowded bar on the Club Car, the place the teenager labored as a busboy.
Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, has sought to poke holes within the case, noting that did not instantly report the allegations. If convicted, Spacey faces as many as 5 years in jail.
The civil legal professional for the accuser mentioned in a assertion forward of the listening to that his shopper is “leading by example.”
“By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted,” mentioned lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented a whole lot of clergy sexual abuse victims.
Garabedian isn’t a half of the felony case in opposition to Spacey.
Media vehicles lined the road earlier than daybreak, and locals on the island, which teems with vacationers in the summertime however quiets down within the winter, drove by slowly to take pictures of reporters standing in line within the chilly.
When the doorways opened, greater than two dozen journalists packed the courtroom hours earlier than Spacey was scheduled to seem in late morning.
It’s the primary felony case introduced in opposition to Spacey, 59, since different allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in opposition to him in 2017.
A choose denied Spacey’s bid to keep away from showing in particular person Monday. Spacey had argued his presence would “amplify the negative publicity already generated” by the case.
The Associated Press doesn’t sometimes establish folks alleging sexual assault.
After the charge was introduced final month, Spacey launched a video within the voice of Frank Underwood, his character on Netflix’s “House of Cards,” during which he mentioned, “I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.” It was unclear whether or not he was referring to the charge.
Spacey has additionally confronted different allegations.
His first accuser, actor Anthony Rapp, mentioned Spacey climbed on high of him on a mattress when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. Spacey mentioned he didn’t keep in mind such an encounter however apologized if the allegations had been true.