Kevin Spacey made an unexpected appearance on Monday at a Massachusetts courthouse at a pretrial hearing on charges he sexually assaulted a teen boy three years ago.
The House of Cards alum wore a gray suit and glasses and said nothing as he entered the Nantucket District Court hearing. His presence was not required after court officials waived it.
The incident in question happened when the Oscar-winner met a busboy who was 18 at the time at Nantucket’s Club Car bar in July 2016. The 59-year-old is accused of assaulting the boy after feeding him alcohol all night. He is the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh.
Spacey pleaded not guilty in January to a charge of indecent assault and battery. In court documents filed Friday, Spacey’s attorney said the accuser deleted and falsified text messages.
The accuser "has gone to great lengths to remove text messages he believes did not fit his narrative," defense attorney Alan Jackson wrote in his filing. He asked prosecutors to hand over a "complete and unaltered" copy from the accuser’s cellphone.
In court on Monday, Jackson called the case "ridiculous" and claimed prosecutors were withholding information. First Assistant District Attorney Brian Glenny denied the charge.
Spacey did not say anything aloud during the hearing, though he did whisper in Jackson’s ear on several occasions.
Jackson then urged the judge to set a trial date, saying Spacey is "suffering" without resolution. Leaving the courtroom, Spacey refused to answer questions from reporters.
The judge said the trial could go forward in the fall at the earliest. The next hearing in the case has been set for July 8.