Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip hearing in sexual assault case

Kevin Spacey

Spacey indicated in the court filing he would attend the hearing if the judge denies his request.

Actor Kevin Spacey has asked a MA judge to skip his arraignment in a Nantucket court next week on sexual assault charges.

Spacey's lawyer also argued in court documents that his presence would "heighten prejudicial media interest in the case" and increase the risk that jurors will be contaminated.

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Last week, Spacey was charged with felony sexual assault connected to an alleged 2016 incident in a MA bar involving an 18-year-old busboy. The cap was a reference to the year his career imploded amid a number of sexual assault and harassment claims which emerged after Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey attempted to sleep with him when he was just 14 years old.

The actor said in documents received by the court earlier on Monday that he is pleading not guilty and believes he should be excused from appearing at the forthcoming arraignment, the term that describes the process in the USA of calling someone before a court to answer a criminal charge.

"He did not report the crime at the time, and that was largely because of embarrassment and fear", she said. Aside from being in bad taste, the hat has a similarly odd vibe as the video he posted on Christmas eve, where he wears a Christmas-themed apron and delivers a monologue in-character as Frank Underwood of House Of Cards, saying things like "Only you and I both know it's never that simple, not in politics and not in life".

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