Kevin Spacey Says Appearing In Court Would 'Amplify' Negative Publicity

BOSTON,MA (WBZ-AM/AP) —  Actor Kevin Spacey has filed a motion to waive his right to be present at an arraignment in Nantucket on January 7 in connection to a sex assault case. 

In his motion filing, he wished to enter a plea of 'not guilty.'

The actor says he believes his presence "will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case."

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Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino wrote that Spacey's appearance is required under state rules for criminal case procedure.

The 59-year-old Oscar winner is charged with felony indecent assault and battery.

Prosecutors say he groped an 18-year-old man, the son of Heather Unruh a former Boston television anchor, in a Nantucket restaurant in 2016.

Unruh, said that Spacey had provided her son, (who allegedly told Spacey he was 21), with a number of alcoholic beverages before going down his pants and grabbing his genitals. 

Spacey's attorneys have not spoken publicly about the case but in a court hearing questioned the evidence.

The Associated Press Contributed To This Report

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