Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Kevin Spacey in Nantucket court over alleged sex assault

Kevin Spacey in Nantucket court over alleged sex assault

The Oscar-winning USA actor is accused of assaulting an 18-year-old man in a bar on the resort island of Nantucket off the coast of MA.

Spacey, sporting a white and purple floral printed shirt and purple tie under a taupe coat, smiled but did not respond to reporters as he entered the court. The judge set another hearing for March 4.

After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old - the legal drinking age is 21 in MA - he said he started drinking first beer and then whiskey with Mr Spacey at his urging.

Spacey, 59, is now accused of more than a dozen sex assaults and is under investigation in Los Angeles and London. Spacey Attorney Alan Jackson said there is data that is "likely exculpatory" for Spacey.

If convicted, Spacey could serve up to five years in prison and could also be required to register as a sex offender.

Spacey had sought to avoid attending the arraignment in person, arguing that his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

Authorities say Spacey got an 18-year-old bus boy drunk, and fondled the teen under his trousers without consent, while visiting The Club Car in Nantucket, Massachusetts in July 2016.

Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court following his arraignment.

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In a statement to PEOPLE, Mitchell Garabedian, the civil attorney for the alleged victim, wrote, "By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted".

The alleged victim is the son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the incident past year.

After several minutes, Spacey got up to go to the bathroom and the 18-year-old left the bar and went home, the complaint states.

On the same day that Spacey was charged with felony sexual assault, the actor released a video on his social media accounts, in which he seemed to be channeling his deceased House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, and lashed out at his accusers and their supporters.

Today is the first time he has appeared in court after charges were announced in December. It was unclear whether he was referring to the charge.

His career offers dried up after he was accused by actor Anthony Rapp in 2017 of making a sexual advance on him in 1986 when Mr Rapp was 14 years old.

Spacey then allegedly invited him back to his place, along with some other friends.

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