Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty in Nantucket court appearance

NANTUCKET, Mass. (WLNE) — Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey faced a judge in Nantucket Monday morning. He’s accused of sexually assaulting an 18 year old man. It’s the first time the actor has been back to the island since the alleged incident happened more than two years ago.

Kevin Spacey tried to get out of making the trip to Nantucket but the judge forced him to face these charges in person. He ended up being on the island for just under an hour Monday morning.

He didn’t say a word in court and is pleading not guilty to the felony charge. The star is accused of groping an 18 year old busboy at a Nantucket restaurant in July of 2016. Authorities have video of the alleged incident taken by the victim on Snapchat. Spacey’s attorney argued to preserve the accuser’s cell phone and cloud information.

“This is data that we believe is not only potentially exculpatory but likely exculpatory for Mr. Spacey. I simply don’t want to see any of that data deleted, destroyed even inadvertently or in anyway manipulated,” says Spacey’s attorney Alan Jackson.

Spacey was silent during the brief court appearance. The commonwealth didn’t ask for bail but the judge ordered him to stay away from the victim.

The victim’s mother, former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, said at a press conference in November 2017 that Spacey is a sexual predator.

“Kevin Spacey bought him drink after drink after drink, and when my son was drunk, Spacey made his move and sexually assaulted him,” said Unruh.

Spacey was escorted out of the courthouse with a heavy security detail and just about an hour after his private plane landed on the island,it was leaving again.

He didn’t answer reporter’s questions but he did post a video on social media the day he was charged. Speaking as his “House of Cards” character, he didn’t specifically mention his real life legal problems but did allude to them.

“You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence would you? You wouldn’t rush to judgment without facts would you? Did you,” he says in the video.

The victim did not appear in court but the attorney representing him in the civil case, Mitchell Garabedian released this statement: “By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted. My client is leading by example.”

Spacey’s next court date is March 4 although he doesn’t have to appear in person.

If convicted he’s facing up to 5 years in prison.

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