Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip Nantucket arraignment


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

A MA judge on Monday denied actor Kevin Spacey's request to skip his upcoming arraignment on a felony charge he faces for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016, court documents show. "I am requesting that this court excuse my physical presence at the arraignment as I reside out-of-state and believe that my presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

Also Monday, a newly-released affidavit says the actor plans to plead not guilty to the charge.

Prosecutors opposed the motion, calling on the judge to deny it, according to court documents obtained by the paper.

The 59-year-old United States actor has been told to attend court to formally hear charges against him on 7 January.

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"He did not report the crime at the time, and that was largely because of embarrassment and fear", she said.

At a probable cause hearing in Nantucket County Court on December 20, Spacey's attorney highlighted the purported incongruities in the accuser's story and went as far as to act out the alleged abuse, according to audio of the hearing, which was first published by the Boston Globe.

On the same day, Spacey posted a video on social media, as his character on House of Cards, Frank Underwood seemingly addressing a slew of allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I know you're just doing your job", he told one photographer. "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".