Kevin Spacey appears in court over groping

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey attended court in MA on Monday, over charges of groping a young man at a bar in 2016.

The 59-year-old expressed his plan to plead not guilty to the charge of indecent assault and battery. Spacey did not enter a plea during today's hearing, but he has maintained his innocence and promised he would be vindicated.

The judge additionally ordered Spacey to have no contact with the man accusing him of assault, and requested that six months of the accuser's phone data be preserved, The Associated Press reports. The court agreed to waive Spacey's appearance; however, he must be available by phone.

It's the first criminal case brought against Spacey after several sexual misconduct allegations crippled his career in 2017.

If convicted of felony indecent assault and battery, the 59-year-old two-time Oscar victor could face as many as five years in prison. Jackson also implied that the groping could have been consensual, noting that the young man reported that it last for three full minutes.

Assault claims against Spacey have also surfaced in London and Los Angeles.

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.

Kevin Spacey appeared in a packed Nantucket courthouse Monday morning for an alleged sexual assault case stemming from 2016.

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The attorneys said prosecutors have only provided a copy of a brief Snapchat video the victim said he took of the alleged incident, but that, according to Spacey's attorneys, does not show any actual groping.

A lawyer for Spacey - whose legal name is Kevin S Fowler - had earlier asked the judge to allow the hearing to happen without the defendant present, but that request was refused.

The first public report of alleged abuse by him came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Mr Spacey sexually abused him when Mr Rapp was 14, in 1986.

But in a motion seeking to preserve cellphone and other evidence from the accuser and his then-girlfriend, defense attorneys called the allegations "unsubstantiated and after-the-fact".

Reuters is not identifying Unruh's son because he is an alleged victim of sex assault.

The victim said that is when he left.

In that video, titled "Let Me Be Frank", Spacey spoke in character as his House of Cards persona Frank Underwood, addressing the camera as he stood in a kitchen wearing a Santa Claus apron.

In a Twitter statement, Spacey said he did not remember the incident but offered an apology.

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