Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip Nantucket arraignment

Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip Nantucket arraignment

He is charged with felony indecent assault and battery, and is pleading not guilty.

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.

Kevin Spacey resurfaced to post a freakish Frank Underwood, "House of Cards"-inspired video that addresses his 'fans, ' while authorities announced he is facing a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting the teenage son of former WCVB news anchor Heather Unruh".

The complainant's mother, former TV news anchor Heather Unruh, said in a 2017 news conference that Spacey had bought her son "drink after drink after drink" and had "made his move" when the boy was drunk.

Spacey's lawyer, Juliane Balliro, says in the documents that his presence in court would only "heighten prejudicial media interest in the case" and increase the risk of contaminating the jury pool.

It was unclear whether he was addressing the criminal charge.

Los Angeles-based attorney Alan Jackson, representing Spacey, noted during a hearing that the alleged victim did not report the allegations to police right away and said he was so intoxicated he may have blacked out shortly after Spacey allegedly groped him, according to an audio recording of the hearing obtained by The Boston Globe.

According to police reports, the teen claimed Spacey bought multiple drinks for him after they were introduced at restaurant and bar, and made several suggestive comments, including inviting back his house, and even, allegedly, unzipped the teenager's pants to rub his penis through his underwear as they stood in a crowded area.

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