Earlier today, Kevin Spacey appeared at Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts for a pre-trial hearing of charges regarding an alleged 2016 incident of sexual assault. Spacey was not required to appear at today’s hearing, but did so anyway. His last court appearance in connection with this case was in January 2019, at which point Spacey refused to enter a plea. In accordance with Massachusetts law, a ‘not guilty’ plea was entered for him. Spacey’s lawyers maintain that the allegations involved are “patently false.”
WATCH: Actor Kevin Spacey makes surprise appearance Monday at pretrial hearing in Massachusetts case accusing the actor of groping a young man at a Nantucket bar in 2016; Spacey has pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery https://t.co/FXUEohJ3x1 pic.twitter.com/KDfKSPOUju
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 3, 2019
In December 2018, Spacey was charged with felony indecent assault and battery. The allegations of misconduct come from the son of TV anchor Heather Unruh, who claims Spacey groped him at Nantucket’s Club Car bar in 2016. The alleged victim was 18 years old at the time of the incident, with Spacey his senior by 40 years. Today in court, Spacey’s lawyers accused the alleged victim of “misrepresentation” and “manipulation” of cell phone evidence, and pleaded with the judge to move up the actor’s trial.
In surprise move, actor Kevin Spacey is back in court on #Nantucket island. He’s previously pleaded not guilty to charge of indecent assault and battery. LIVE right now @boston25 his defense continues to argue for cell phone evidence from alleged victim. pic.twitter.com/nMKrv1z2pQ
— Kerry Kavanaugh (@KerryKavanaugh) June 3, 2019
Spacey’s lawyers believe the accuser went “to great lengths to remove text messages he believes did not fit his narrative,” providing “falsified screenshots” and excluding “exculpatory text messages” from what he showed to law enforcement. They believe that obtaining a “complete and unaltered” record of text messages on the accuser’s phone will aid in proving Spacey’s innocence.
Following a string of over a dozen men accusing him of sexual assault or attempted rape, Spacey eventually sought treatment for sex addiction at a rehab facility in 2017. The former House of Cards star has offered various responses to these accusations in the past few years, including a Twitter apology, revelations about his own sexuality, and an off-putting three-minute video titled “Let Me Be Frank,” in which the actor reprises his role as House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood while (seemingly) addressing the allegations against him.
If Spacey is convicted of the charges related to today’s hearing, he could face over two years in jail. The bar where the alleged incident occurred was ordered to turn over relevant surveillance footage by June 3, and Spacey’s lawyers have submitted their request for the alleged victim’s phone records. The next hearing for this case has been set for July 8, with a trial expected come fall.