Kevin Spacey has appeared in court and has pleaded not guilty to an indecent assault charge.
Lawyers for the Oscar-winner had previously filed an unsuccessful request for the judge to excuse his attendance, with Spacey arguing that his presence would “amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case.”
However, Spacey appeared in court today alongside his lawyers where a plea of “not guilty” was entered on his behalf.
The House of Cards star is accused of indecent assault and battery after a then 18-year-old alleged that Spacey got him drunk at a restaurant in Nantucket in 2016 before the assault occurred.
The incident allegedly occurred for “three minutes”, with official documents claiming that he “unzipped the man’s fly, stuck his hands in his pants and began to rub his penis.”
Although Spacey’s lawyers say that the allegations come from a “drunk sycophant who has no proof of any inappropriate contact”, the star could face up to five years in prison if he is eventually convicted.
The next court appearance for the 59-year-old is scheduled for March 4. Whilst the judge agreed to waive Spacey’s right to appear at the hearing, he deemed that the actor must be reachable by phone.
By Damilola Faustino