Kevin Spacey appears in court to answer indecent assault charges

Kevin Spacey

Oscar victor Kevin Spacey arrived in a MA courtroom Monday amid a chaotic scene of reporters as he faced a charge of indecent assault stemming from the alleged groping of a teenage boy.

But Spacey's holiday message, in which he appeared to be preparing for Christmas Day in the kitchen, wearing a Santa apron, has been a hit on YouTube, picking up over nine million views. The judge granted a request by Spacey's lawyer to preserve the young man's cellphone data for the six months following the alleged assault.

This story has been corrected to show that Spacey's lawyers entered a not guilty plea on his behalf instead of Spacey not entering a plea.

The next hearing is scheduled for March 4 at 11:00 a.m. local time.

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

Mr Spacey then allegedly invited him back to his place, along with some other friends.

He is accused of assaulting an 18-year-old man whom he met in a bar in July of 2016.

"By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted", said Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of clergy sexual abuse victims.

The civil attorney for the accuser said in a statement ahead of the hearing that his client is "leading by example".

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As they stood next to a piano, Spacey groped Unruh's son, the bus boy told investigators.

The name of the alleged victim was included in the defense paperwork, but it is Globe policy not to identify victims of sexual assault without their consent.

Spacey had asked the court to excuse him from appearing at Monday's arraignment, saying his presence would "amplify negative publicity" around the case.

Charges were filed by the young man's mother, former Boston television news anchor Heather Unruh at a news conference in late 2017.

The "House of Cards" star, who faces five years in prison if convicted, is accused of repeatedly reaching down into the trousers of a man identified as William Little, who was 18 at the time of the alleged attack at a Nantucket restaurant.

On Christmas Eve, Spacey, 59, posted a video contesting the allegations.

Kevin Spacey, on the other hand, seems to be trying to make some kind of sick, multi-layered joke about the whole thing.

Anthony Rapp, one of the accusers, had earlier said how Spacey had climbed on top of him on a bed when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26.

On the same day he was charged in December, Spacey released a weird YouTube video in which he spoke in character as House of Cards' Frank Underwood to deny the allegations. "He's the worst of the worst", Fowler said, adding he supported Spacey's accusers.

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