UPDATED: 01/07/18, 4:15PM
Kevin Spacey appeared in a Nantucket court to face a charge of felony indecent assault after an 18-year-old alleged that the actor assaulted him at a bar in 2016. The young man is the song of a Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, who, in the midst of the allegations against Spacey last year, accused the actor of groping her son.
Spacey’s lawyers attempted to get the case thrown out for lack of evidence by insisting that the situation was entirely consensual and that there is a Snapchat video proving just that. His lawyer also said that it was the alleged victim who approached Spacey and that he also lied about his age. The young man also never objected to the groping according to Spacey’s lawyers.
Spacey’s team is also arguing that the encounter lasted for a total of 3 minutes and that, if it were assault, the victim would not have allowed the groping to go on that long. They are also arguing that the victim did not report the incident to authorities that night or the next day. When that defense did not work, Spacey was charged with felony indecent assault and battery.
On Monday, January 6th the actor appeared in court. According to legal documents the House of Cards star indicates that he is pleading not guilty, but was not asked to enter a plea in court. Spacey was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim or his family.
If convicted, Spacey could face up to 5 years in prison.