Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Kevin Spacey pulled over for speeding after sexual assault arraignment

Kevin Spacey pulled over for speeding after sexual assault arraignment

He is back in court on March 4.

Spacey does not have to appear, the judge ruled, but said he needs to be available by phone.

Spacey walks to his vehicle outside of the Nantucket District Courthouse.

The busboy's shift ended at midnight, after which he changed his clothes and began talking to Spacey. The man said Spacey bought him several drinks and tried to convince him to come home with him before unzipping the man's trousers and groping him for about three minutes.

Spacey's alleged touching went on for about three minutes and that the alleged victim tried to move away and moved Spacey's hands away, but that Spacey allegedly persisted, the report states. The teen told police that he sent his girlfriend a video of the incident, which she confirmed. In his interview with police, investigators showed the busboy that video and confirmed his and Spacey's clothing that night.

The 18-year-old's girlfriend said she did get a Snapchat video, but could only say that it showed a hand touching the front of her boyfriend's trousers. At the same time, his lawyers requested that he be able to skip the first day in court to avoid heightening "the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case". And on Monday, satellite trucks and dozens of media members arrived on the island to see the actor face the felony charge in court.

If Spacey is convicted, he faces up to five years in jail.

The Nantucket allegations were first raised in 2017 by former Boston television journalist Heather Unruh, who told reporters Spacey groped her teenage son.

He nodded in court when the judge told him he was not allowed to contact the victim. He made a decision to come forward and tell police because he did not want what happened to him to happen to someone else, he said in the complaint.

Defense lawyer Alan Jackson persuaded Judge Thomas Barrett to order Spacey's alleged victim to preserve all data from his cell phone for six months following the July 7, 2016, incident.

Since Rapp came forward with his allegations, several other sexual misconduct allegations have emerged against Spacey.

The star actor's career offers dried up after he was accused by actor Anthony Rapp in 2017 of making a sexual advance on him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey said he did not remember such an encounter but apologised if the allegations were true.

He is also used the statement to come out as gay.

TMZ, which was the first to report, obtained footage of Spacey, in a black Suburban Ford, getting pulled over by two officers. The actor did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

The controversy has led to Spacey being axed from a number of roles, including from House of Cards and the 2017 film All the Money in the World, which was re-shot without him. Spacey nodded slightly when a judge asked if he understood.

"I can promise you this", Spacey said, "If I didn't pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do".

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