NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 7, 2019) (POOL) – –
Former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey was arraigned in a Massachusetts court on Monday (January 7) on a criminal charge that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old male after plying him with alcohol at a bar in Nantucket more than two years ago.
The Oscar-winning actor attended a hearing at Nantucket District Court after being charged last month with one count of felony indecent assault and battery. Spacey has said in court papers that he plans to plead not guilty.
He had tried to avoid appearing in person at the hearing, on the beach resort island of Nantucket off the Massachusetts coast, saying in court papers that his “presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case.”
Nantucket, normally quiet in early January, was packed with broadcast trucks on Monday.
The Nantucket allegations were first raised in November 2017 by former Boston television journalist Heather Unruh, who told reporters Spacey groped her teenage son on July 7, 2016, at the Club Car restaurant and bar, where he worked as a bus boy.
Unruh’s son told police Spacey had bought him several rounds of beer and whiskey and said at one point, “Let’s get drunk,” according to charging documents.
If convicted, Spacey faces up to five years in prison.
A court date was set for March 4, 2019.