Photos from the Kevin Spacey arraignment in Nantucket

Photos from the Kevin Spacey arraignment in Nantucket

Photos from the Kevin Spacey arraignment in Nantucket

The two-time Oscar victor is expected to plead not guilty during the court hearing on the MA resort island community of Nantucket.

After a court hearing that lasted only 10 minutes, Judge Thomas Barrett scheduled the next court date for 4 March.

He said the actor would not need to appear then, but should be available by phone.

Lawyers of the actor enter a not guilty plea in a case in which he is accused of groping an 18-year-old busboy in a MA bar in 2016. Spacey's lawyers say some of the data is "likely exculpatory". He faces a single charge of indecent assault and battery, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

His appearance in a crowded courthouse surrounded by television trucks came at what is normally a quiet time of year the island, a former whaling hub.

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. Instead of being asked to enter a plea, the judge told him that if another charge is filed against him while this case is open, he could be held for 90 days without bail.

Mr Spacey has not appeared on the screen or on stage since Mr Rapp came forward. The controversy led to Spacey being dropped from the Netflix series "House of Cards" and erased from the film "All the Money in the World".

It's the first criminal case brought against Spacey since other allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him in 2017.

Actor Kevin Spacey arrives to face a sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S., January 7, 2019.

Spacey was ordered to meet with the probation department before leaving the premises to sign the conditions of his no contact order with the alleged victim.

Reuters is not identifying Unruh's son because he is an alleged victim of sex assault.

The accuser's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, issued a statement Monday saying his client hopes to serve as an example to other victims.

After meeting the actor and telling him he was 23 years old - the legal drinking age is 21 in MA - he said he started drinking first beer and then whiskey at Spacey's urging. In court documents, Spacey's lawyers write that the young man lied about his age, "welcomed drinks" bought by Spacey, left the bar with him to smoke a cigarette and gave Spacey his phone number. The teen told police that he sent his girlfriend a video of the incident, which she confirmed.

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