Kevin Spacey asks to skip arraignment on sex assault charges

A judge has ordered Kevin Spacey to appear at his arraignment next week. File

A judge has ordered Kevin Spacey to appear at his arraignment next week. File

Kevin Spacey must turn up at a forthcoming court hearing in MA, a judge ruled on Monday, after the actor requested that he be allowed to avoid appearing in person when he faces criminal charges that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man at a bar in 2016.

Get push notifications with news, features and more. His argument: that him showing up in person would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

The 59-year-old Oscar victor is charged with felony indecent assault and battery. Lawyers for Spacey are asking a judge to excuse the actor from a January 7, 2019 hearing in Nantucket, Mass.

Prosecutors opposed the motion, calling on the judge to deny it, according to court documents obtained by the paper.

"Some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all", Spacey said in the video.




The case against Spacey was revealed earlier this month, the same day that he tweeted out a freaky video of himself as his character Frank Underwood, from the Netflix series House of Cards.

Police and court documents obtained by multiple outlets Wednesday outlined the encounter between Spacey and the 18-year-old accuser, who is the son of former WCVB-TV news anchor Heather Unruh.

The Oscar victor is charged with felony indecent assault and battery in the 2016 incident at a Nantucket restaurant during which prosecutors say he groped an 18-year-old man.

"Wouldn't that be easy if it was all so simple?" he continued.

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