Kevin Spacey Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Assault Allegation

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Actor Kevin Spacey is due in court later today to appear before a judge on Nantucket, Massachusetts, over accusations he sexually assaulted a teenager in 2016.

Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The two-time Oscar victor smiled and chuckled with his lawyer before the proceeding began, but otherwise didn't speak, reports CBS News' Jericka Duncan, who was seated behind him in the courtroom.

The hearing comes more than a year after former Boston TV anchor Heather Unrah accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her son, then 18, in the crowded bar at the Club Car, where the teen worked as a busboy. At the same time, his lawyers requested that he be able to skip the first day in court to avoid heightening "the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case".

Kevin Spacey appeared in a packed Nantucket courthouse Monday morning for an alleged sexual assault case stemming from 2016. He chose to come forward and tell police because he did not want what happened to him to happen to someone else, he said in the complaint.

He said that after three minutes of this, Spacey went to the bathroom.

Authorities say Spacey got an 18-year-old bus boy drunk, and fondled the teen under his trousers without consent, while visiting The Club Car in Nantucket, Massachusetts in July 2016.

Spacey is one of dozens of men in the entertainment industry and politics who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past 10 months, partly as a result of the #MeToo social media movement.

Later, as the two stood near the piano player in the bar, Spacey reached over and began to rub the busboy's thigh, the complaint states.

The judge swiftly denied his request, taking only a few hours to rule that the actor must attend. The teen told police that he sent his girlfriend a video of the incident.

Forced out of public life, Spacey posted a video online in December in which he discussed allegations of sexual abuse in character as Frank Underwood, the scheming politician he played in "House of Cards" before the show dropped him.

United Kingdom police are also investigating several allegations that centre around his time serving as artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre. It was unclear whether he was referring to the charge.

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

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