Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip court appearance

Oscar Cross
January 2, 2019

Prosecutors asked the judge in the case to deny Spacey's request, and on Monday afternoon district Judge Thomas Barrett issued his decision that Spacey must appear for the hearing.

"The defendant's attendance at the arraignment will only serve to heighten prejudicial media interest in the case and will increase the risk of contamination of the pool of jurors available for the trial", wrote attorney Juliane Balliro. The cap was a reference to the year his career imploded amid a number of sexual assault and harassment claims which emerged after Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp alleged Spacey attempted to sleep with him when he was just 14 years old.

Spacey said in court documents, filed on Monday, that will plead not guilty to indecent assault.

Los Angeles-based attorney Alan Jackson, representing Spacey, noted during a hearing that the alleged victim did not report the allegations to police right away and said he was so intoxicated he may have blacked out shortly after Spacey allegedly groped him, according to an audio recording of the hearing obtained by The Boston Globe.

"He did not report the crime at the time, and that was largely because of embarrassment and fear", she said.

The disgraced actor also faces investigations into various other sexual assault allegations in California and Britain.

He could be seen telling the camera: 'You trusted me even though you knew you shouldn't.

After posting a freaky video on Christmas Eve, in which he reprised his House of Cards role in an attempt to defend himself from dozens of #MeToo allegations, the actor donned a hat referring to his lack of work since the accusations went public. "Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets". Conclusions can be so deceiving.

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