Kevin Spacey appeared in a Nantucket, Massachusetts courtroom Monday, Jan. 7 to enter a not guilty plea in the case of felony sexual assault that was lodged against him by the Cape and Island District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors alleged that the actor groped an 18-year-old busboy in the Club Car, a bar on Nantucket Island, in 2016.
Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett agreed to limit the conditions of Spacey, 59, remaining free without bail to a ‘No-Contact’ order in which the actor must stay away from his now 20- year old alleged victim and his family.
The judge also agreed to the Spacey defense team request that all data held by prosecutors, the alleged victim and his girlfriend be preserved for discovery in the case. Los Angeles-based attorney Alan Jackson argued that such data could be exculpatory evidence. Jackson was referring to the text messages and a Snapchat video of the alleged incident that Jackson argued could prove that the encounter between Spacey and the young man was consensual.
“This is data that we believe is not only potentially exculpatory but likely exculpatory for Mr. Spacey,” Jackson told the judge.
The hearing came more than a year after former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh accused Spacey, the former “House of Cards” star, of sexually assaulting her unidentified son in the Nantucket bar. Unruh has told reporters that her son didn’t immediately go to police “largely because of embarrassment and fear.”
But in court filings, Spacey’s lawyers argue that the alleged victim misled Spacey when he claimed to be a 23-year-old college student. Additionally, Spacey’s attorney note that the alleged victim “joked about the incident with friends for months.”
The case was continued until 11 a.m. on March 4 for a hearing Spacey does not have to attend, though the judge said he must be available by telephone. The entire Nantucket hearing took less than fifteen minutes.
But Spacey was not done with the spotlight. He was pulled over for speeding while leaving Reagan National Airport outside Washington, D.C., after the hearing. He was given a verbal warning, Christina Saull, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, told reporters.
Apparently the officer who stopped the actor realized it was Spacey after looking at his driver’s license. He also noticed that Spacey was being followed by vehicles full of cameras crews, a scene reminiscent of the traffic accident that befell Princess Diana when she was chased by paparazzi in 1997.
“This incident was unique because he was being followed by people,” Hernandez told the Washington Post, adding that the airport did not provide him a security escort. “The officer determined a verbal warning would suffice and Mr. Spacey continued on his way without any further incident.” – Karen Ocamb contributed to this story