Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to groping an 18-year-old busboy in 2016 in the first criminal case brought against the disgraced actor following a string of sexual misconduct allegations that crippled his career.
The felony charge comes from a 2016 incident in which the House of Cards actor is alleged to have stuck his hands down an 18-year-old's trousers and grabbed his genitals after buying him drinks at a Nantucket restaurant. He said he had at least eight drinks with the actor, with Spacey buying a lot of them and telling him, "Let's get drunk". He made a decision to come forward and tell police because he did not want what happened to him to happen to someone else, he said in the complaint.
The message has several levels of interpretation, evoking both the destiny of Underwood, the lead character written off the show, and the claims against Spacey. "He's the worst of the worst", Fowler said, adding he supported Spacey's accusers.
The accuser's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, issued a statement Monday saying his client hopes to serve as an example to other victims. The judge said no.
The two-time Oscar victor - for his supporting role in Usual Suspects in 1996 and his lead role in American Beauty in 2000 - told the judge in a letter that he intends to plead not guilty.
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Spacey is accused of groping the 18-year-old man at the Club Car bar in July 2016.
Because of intense public interest in the case, a crowd packed into the small courtroom to see Spacey.
Media trucks lined the street before dawn, and locals on the island, which teems with tourists in the summer but quiets down in the winter, drove by slowly to take photos of reporters standing in line in the cold. Beforehand, legal documents indicated that Spacey was pleading not guilty to the charges, but the judge never asked him to enter a plea at the court appearance.
The alleged victim is the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, who has spoken publicly about the incident - one in a string of sexual assault accusations against the former House of Cards star. If convicted, Spacey will reportedly be imprisoned for up to five years.
The case marks the first time Mr Spacey has faced charges, although there are dozens of claims against him.
On the same day he was charged in December, Spacey released a freaky YouTube video in which he spoke in character as House of Cards'Frank Underwood to deny the allegations. It was unclear whether he was referring to the charge.
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