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UPDATE: Kevin Spacey Case Moves Forward

A judge has ruled that Kevin Spacey must stay away from the young man he's accused of groping in a Massachusetts bar in 2016.

Posted: Jan 7, 2019 3:44 AM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 8:30 AM

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) - A judge has ruled that Kevin Spacey must stay away from the young man he's accused of groping in a Massachusetts bar in 2016.

The disgraced actor was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court on Monday. He did not enter a plea. The judge set another hearing for March 4. Spacey does not have to appear.

Spacey has said he intends to plead not guilty. His lawyer has also questioned the evidence against him.

It's the first criminal case brought against the 59-year-old after a string of sexual misconduct allegations crippled his career in 2017.

Updated 01/07/18 at 8:29 a.m.


NANTUCKET, Mass. -- Actor Kevin Spacey is expected to plead not guilty in a Nantucket court today to accusations that he allegedly groped an 18-year-old busboy at a bar on the island.

Spacey, the 59-year-old Hollywood actor, will be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery, and he said in a court affidavit last week that he will plead not guilty to the charge.

His attorneys had asked that he be allowed to waive his right to be physically present at Monday's arraignment, saying he lived out-of-state and believed his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated" in the case.

However, Judge Thomas Barrett denied that request.

The charge stems from an incident in July 2016 at the Club Car, a restaurant and bar on Nantucket. According to the criminal complaint, an 18-year-old busboy at Club Car told Spacey that he was 23 and befriended the actor, known for his roles in the film "The Usual Suspects" and the Netflix series "House of Cards."

According to the complaint, the busboy told police Spacey bought him a number of alcoholic drinks, bragged to him about the size of his penis, and tried to get him to go back to the actor's house afterward.

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. Spacey then unzipped the accuser's pants and rubbed his penis, both in and out of his pants, for about three minutes, he told police.

The busboy filmed a short part of the alleged groping on Snapchat and sent the video to his girlfriend, the complaint states. In his interview with police, investigators showed the busboy that video and confirmed his and Spacey's clothing that night.

After several minutes, Spacey got up to go to the bathroom and the 18-year-old left the bar and went home, the complaint states.

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