Kevin Spacey made his first appearance in court today on Nantucket after being charged with felony sexual assault.
While he didn't say a word in the courtroom, his lawyers entered a not guilty plea prior to the hearing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spacey is accused of one count of indecent assault and battery against the 18-year-old son of former Boston WCVB-TV news anchor Heather Unruh for an alleged assaul at a Nantucket restaurant in July 2016. Since October 2017, Spacey has been accused by a number of men of sexual assault and indecent behavior, but this is the first case to result in criminal charges.
The arraignment took place just two weeks after the charges were announced. Spacey had requested permission to skip the hearing, arguing "my presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case." However, Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett insisted he appear, and during the proceeding ordered Spacey not to have contact with the alleged victim or his family.
Prosecutors claim a Snapchat video exists of the alleged assault, but Spacey's attorneys counter that the video provides no evidence of criminal activity.
The next court date in the case was set for March 4, but Spacey will not have to attend; however, he must be available via phone. Following the hearing, Spacey was driven away in an SUV to the Nantucket airport, where he flew away in his private jet.
Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, saw his career grind to a halt following the assault allegations. Following the charges in the case, he posted a bizarre video in which he defended himself in the guise of Frank Underwood, the character he played on Netflix's House of Cards. Additional accusations of sexual assault against Spacey are being investigated in Los Angeles and England.