Kevin Spacey Silent In Court To Face Sexual Assault Charge, Pleads Not Guilty
Kevin Spacey was silent as he appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a bar more than two years ago.
Mobbed by media, the former House of Cards actor arrived at a packed courtroom on the otherwise quiet island of Nantucket to face one count of felony indecent assault and battery.
He did not speak during the brief hearing, though his lawyers entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Judge Thomas Barrett had denied his lawyers' earlier request to skip his appearance on the basis his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".
The allegations were first raised in 2017 by former Boston television journalist Heath Unruh, who accused Spacey of groping her teenage son.
The victim told police the actor bought him several rounds of beer and whiskey at the Club Car bar on the resort island off the coast of Massachusetts in 2016, at one point saying, "let's get drunk", according to charging documents.
Other assault claims have also surfaced against the 59-year-old actor -- one of dozens of men in entertainment, business and politics accused of sexual misconduct during the Me Too movement.
Judge Barrett ordered Spacey not to contact his alleged victim nor his family and set a another hearing for March 4. He does not have to appear but must be available by phone.
If convicted, Spacey could face up to five years in prison.