Legal analyst weighs in on Kevin Spacey assault case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A local legal analyst says digital evidence from Kevin Spacey’s alleged sexual assault victim in Nantucket could prove key in the case.

Spacey pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in Nantucket Monday. He’s accused of groping an 18-year-old busboy at a restaurant in July of 2016.

Spacey’s lawyer requested that texts and a Snapchat video sent by the alleged victim at the bar are preserved as evidence.

“What I think is emerging as a very interesting aspect of this case is the accuser’s account includes that he sent videotape and text messages during the alleged groping incident,” said Michael Yelnosky, Dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law.

As for whose side that real-time account could help, Yelnosky says it’s too early to tell.

“It depends on what’s on the videotape and what the text messages show,” said Yelnosky.

This Nantucket incident is not the only issue for Spacey, with more than a dozen other men and teen boys accusing him of sexual misconduct.

“It does make the risk of Mr. Spacey testifying at trial much higher because the prosecution can probably use evidence of those other accusations,” said Yelnosky.

Spacey’s next court date is March 4.

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