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Kevin Spacey attends court in Nantucket on indecent assault charge

Kevin Spacey attends court in Nantucket on indecent assault charge

The judge granted a request by Spacey's lawyers to preserve the victim's mobile phone data for the six months after the alleged assault.

Kevin Spacey has now formally appeared in court to plead "not guilty" over a felony sexual assault charge.

A judge granted a prosecutor's request that Spacey, 59, be ordered to stay away from the accuser and have no contact with him.

Kevin Spacey arrives at district court in Nantucket on Monday. Spacey tried to get out of appearing at his arraignment, saying his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated" by the case. The judge set another hearing for March 4.

He said the actor would not need to appear then, but should be available by phone.

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Kevin Spacey was arraigned in Nantucket District Court on Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting the son of a former TV news anchor at a bar in Nantucket, Mass. back in 2016. Spacey attorney Alan Jackson said there is data that is "likely exculpatory".

Looking exhausted, Spacey agreed not to have contact with his alleged victim and nodded his head slightly when he was ordered to stand before the judge.

Spacey is accused of groping the 18-year-old man at the Club Car bar in July 2016.

He said the two were standing in a crowd by a piano when Spacey unzipped the teen's trousers and groped his genitals for about three minutes. He said he left the establishment when Spacey went to the bathroom. He chose to come forward and tell police because he did not want what happened to him to happen to someone else, he said in the complaint. "After all, we shared everything, you and I", Spacey's video message began.

The busboy told his family about the alleged assault at the time but did not report the incident to police until more than a year later. He said he chose to come forward because he didn't want something similar to happen to anyone else.

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Netflix fired Spacey days later following a CNN report in which several current and former members of the "House of Cards" production staff came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Spacey also asked the teen about his penis and described his own, the records state.

Jackson said police reports showed the 18-year-old busboy exchanged numerous text messages and Snapchat videos with his then-girlfriend about his interactions with Spacey at the Club Car bar on the beach resort island off the coast of MA but never mentioned the alleged assault.

United Kingdom police are also investigating several allegations that centre around his time serving as artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre.

The defense argued that electronic communication between Unruh's son and his friends in the months after the incident will buttress their claim that "his mother is the driving force behind these allegations".

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