Thursday, January 10, 2019
Kevin Spacey Pleads “Not Guilty” to Nantucket Sexual-Assault Allegations
Over a year & two months since he was first publicly accused of sexual misconduct, Kevin Spacey appeared in court on January 7th. The actor is facing charges of indecent assault and battery after allegedly inappropriately touching the 18-year-old son of a TV anchorwoman. The former House of Cards star entered a plea of not guilty.
The incident occurred in the summer of 2016. While at a restaurant bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Hollywood actor reportedly groped the 18-year-old busboy. The accusations first came to light in November of 2017. That’s when Heather Unruh, the accuser’s mother and a former Boston news anchor, spoke out about the incident. Though Unruh made an appearance in court, her son did not.
After Spacey arrived in court he was told to not make contact with Unruh’s son. After entering the plea, the Oscar winner’s next pre-trial hearing was set for March 4.
Though Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett ruled that Spacey could skip the hearing, he has to be near a telephone in case the court has questions for him. Spacey also had to visit a probation officer before leaving court. The actor is expected to plead not guilty to the charges against him.
The former House of Cards actor was first publicly accused of sexual misconduct in October of 2017. In an interview published by BuzzFeed News, actor Anthony Rapp accused the 59-year-old A-lister of sexual misconduct. Rapp was only 14 years old when the reported incident happened. The allegations against Spacey and the resulting investigation led to his firing from House of Cards and being ostracized by most of Hollywood.