Kevin Spacey appeared in a Nantucket court to face the charge of felony indecent assault … and interestingly he did not enter a plea.
Spacey has said in legal docs he was pleading not guilty, but the judge never asked him to enter a plea.
Spacey was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim or his family.
The actor’s lawyer has said there are texts between the alleged victim and his girlfriend at the time of the incident and later as well. The alleged victim told cops his girlfriend didn’t believe he was being assaulted by Spacey and he sent her a very short Snapchat video, showing a hand on clothes but not genitals
Spacey’s lawyer asked the judge to preserve texts and cellphone records between the alleged victim and his girlfriend from July 7, 2016 to the present. Spacey’s lawyer said he believes those texts were “likely exculpatory” — translation, proof that Spacey didn’t assault the then 18-year-old at a Nantucket bar.
His legal team requested he be allowed to skip the hearing, arguing it would “amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case.” The judge shot him down, though, and ordered Spacey to get his ass to court to enter his plea in person.
Spacey’s lawyer claims the actor’s contact with the 18-year-old was consensual, pointing to what he claims was 3-minutes of touching without the young man ever objecting.
If convicted, Spacey faces a maximum of 5 years in prison.