Kevin Spacey’s lawyers enter not guilty plea

Kevin Spacey’s lawyers enter not guilty plea

NANTUCKET, Massachusetts (Fox 32 News) - Actor Kevin Spacey is expected in court on Monday to face sexual assault charges.

Standing in court, Spacey offered no response as the charge against was read aloud.

The actor's legal team claims, however, that they believe text messages from the alleged victim and his girlfriend could prove that Spacey did not assault the man, but rather that the interaction was consensual.

According to TMZ, Spacey went before a judge in Nantucket, Massachusetts to enter his plea in the case. He will not, however, be required to attend the next pre-trial hearing scheduled for March 4th.

The judge ruled Spacey did not have to appear at the hearing, but he needed to be available by phone. The alleged victim was represented by assistant district attorney Michael Giardino.

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

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

Because of intense public interest in the case, a crowd packed into the small courtroom to see Spacey.

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Spacey's lawyers have tried to poke holes in the case, noting that the teenager didn't immediately report the allegations and that authorities have no witnesses to the actual groping.

United Kingdom police are also investigating several allegations that centre around his time serving as artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre. The reason he cited is him being living out of state and his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated" in the case.

In 2017, Unruh said at a news conference that Spacey had forced himself on her son. Prosecutors declined to file charges over a 1992 allegation because the statute of limitations had expired.

If convicted of felony indecent assault and battery, the 59-year-old two-time Oscar victor could face as many as five years in prison.

Spacey became embroiled in controversy in October 2017 when actor Anthony Rapp accused him of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.

Spacey is also the subject of criminal investigation in Los Angeles and in England for other alleged sexual assaults. One former production assistant told CNN that Spacey sexually assaulted him during one of the show's early seasons. The man said he fled when Spacey went to the bathroom.

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.

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