Spacey: Court appearance would 'amplify' negative publicity

01 January, 2019, 13:46 | Author: Norman Carr
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The actor is set to appear in court over a felony charge of sexual assault, at the beginning of next year but after a request to avoid an appearance in court, the judge has turned it down.

"On December 20, 2018 following a public show cause hearing at Nantucket District Court, Clerk Magistrate Brian Kearney issued a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey", a statement from the Cape and Islands District Attorney office read.

Spacey had argued he should be excused from appearing because his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case". Defendants are required to appear for court arraignments unless their appearance is waived by a judge, according to MA court officials. The allegations were first brought in November 2017, when former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh told reporters that Spacey groped her teenage son during a chance encounter in the crowded bar of a Nantucket restaurant.


Spacey was sacked from the show in 2017 after a number of sexual assault and misconduct claims surfaced against him.

It was claimed the alleged victim told others of the incident at the time, but reportedly cited his embarrassment having been "sexually assaulted by a famous person".

In photos obtained by Dailymail.com, Spacey can be seen wearing a baseball cap with the phrase "Retired since 2017" on it, referring to the year he was sacked from House of Cards and replaced in All the Money in the World after actor Anthony Rapp went public with the allegations that he was sexually assaulted at aged 14 by the then-26-year-old. Her family chose to come forward after others went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey and other celebrities, she said.

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