Kevin Spacey will be in court next week to be arraigned on criminal charges for a 2016 sexual assault.
Judge Thomas Barrett ruled on a motion submitted by the Oscar winner and his legal team last week, which argued that the actor’s appearance would result in negative publicity.
The defense team’s belief that Spacey attending his arraignment would ‘amplify the negative publicity already generated’ and ‘heighten prejudicial media interest in the case’ ultimately failed to pass muster with the court.
In the same filing, it was also revealed that Spacey would be entering a plea of not guilty.
Space was spotted over the weekend in photos taken in Baltimore outside the $7 million home of his manager amd former pop star Evan Lowesetein.
Troubles: Judge Thomas Barrett ruled on a motion submitted by the Oscar winner and his legal team last week, rejecting their request (Spacey above and an employee at the bar where the actor allegedly assaulted a teen)
Pizza, pizza: He was photographed outside the $7 million Baltimore home of his boyfriend Evan Lowenstein over the weekend (above)
The young man who claims he was sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey back in 2016 at a Nantucket bar did not film evidence of the actor groping him or touching him in an inappropriate manner, according to court testimony.
In a court hearing on December 20, the actor’s lawyer tore apart one of the claims made in the police report filed by State Trooper Gerald Donovan.
The claims in that report were all based on interviews with the alleged victim and eyewitnesses at the bar that night.
In that report, Donovan writes: ‘[Redacted] said his girlfriend did not believe him so that’s when he snapchatted the video.’
That claim, which was submitted with the criminal complaint and filed in Nantucket District Court, led to multiple outlets reporting that there was evidence of the alleged assault, but as Donovan himself testified last week that is not the case.
‘What the video shows is a person’s hand make contact with the shirt, correct?’ Spacey’s lawyer Alan Jackson is heard asking in audio obtained by the Boston Globe.
‘Yes,’ responded Donovan.
‘Okay. Not the — any body part,’ asked Jackson.
‘Correct, you don’t see any body parts,’ confirmed Donovan.
The case stems from an incident that allegedly occurred in the early morning hours of July 8, 2016 at The Club Car in Nantucket.
The then-18-year-old-man accused Spacey of trying to ‘jack him off’ after the Oscar winner allegedly unzipped this fly, stuck his hand in his pants and began to rub his penis.
Jackson questioned why the victim allowed himself to be assaulted by the actor for three minutes, stating: ‘That’s an incredibly long time to have a strange man’s hands in your pants.’
He also used the hearing to address the fact that the alleged victim lied about his age, claiming he was 23, and was drinking heavily when the alleged assault took place.
‘He may have been so drunk that he was black out drunk, but he didn’t black out at the Club Car, he may have blacked out once he got home,’ said Jackson while Donovan was on the stand.
‘That’s correct,’ replied the trooper.
Jackson may soon have a second case on his hands with Spacey as well, which would put him back on his home turf.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office revealed that a probe into Spacey’s alleged criminal behavior that was launched back in August is still ongoing at this time.
A previous investigation was ultimately dismissed by the DA.
Jackson is familiar with the workings of that office, having spent close to two decades as a Deputy Assistant for the same office before going into private practice.
A spokesperson for the organization spoke with DailyMail.com and said: ‘A sex assault case was presented yesterday to our office by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department involving Kevin Spacey. It remains under review.’
This news comes a year after the two-time Oscar winner was accused of sexually assaulting a then-underage Anthony Rapp at his Manhattan apartment.
Spacey responded by coming out as gay and entering a rehab facility in Arizona, where he remained for weeks.
Trying time: The alleged victim’s mother, Heather Unruh (above), said last year that her son was eventually able to get away when a woman walked over to him while the actor was in the bathroom and said: ‘Run!’
House of cards: Spacey will be arraigned on one count of Indecent Assault & Battery when he appears in a Nantucket courtroom early next month (Spacey above in his now-cancelled Netflix show House of Cards)
The incident that spurred Spacey’s downfall allegedly took place at Spacey’s apartment in 1986 when the actor invited Rapp to a party while they were both appearing on Broadway.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp said that he found himself alone in the apartment at the end of the night and that Spacey then began to make his move.
‘He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me,’ said Rapp, who detailed being pressed up against the bed before being able to squirm away and ultimately leave the house without being assaulted by Spacey.
Spacey made the decision to come out of the closet in a statement apologizing to actor Anthony Rapp, who said in an interview that the actor attempted to sexually assault him in 1986, an incident Spacey says he does not remember.
Rapp was 14 at the time while Spacey was 26.
It was in the aftermath of Rapp sharing his story that the mother of the victim in the Nantucket case, a former news anchor in Boston Heather Unruh, came forward on Twitter and later went public.
Spacey will appear in court next month to be arraigned on the charge of Indecent Assault and Battery. He is facing up to five years in jail.