Boston - A MA prosecutor said on Monday that Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned next month on a charge of indecent assault and battery on allegations he sexually assaulted the teenage son of a Boston television anchor in a Nantucket restaurant. His argument: that him showing up in person would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".
His lawyer Juliane Balliro claimed in court documents that Spacey's appearance would only "heighten prejudicial media interest in the case" and increase the risk of contaminating the jury pool.
The actor's attorneys filed a motion on Friday requesting permission to excuse his attendance at the hearing scheduled for January 7 in Nantucket District Court, the Boston Globe reported. He is charged with felony indecent assault and battery.
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Prosecutors opposed the motion, calling on the judge to deny it, according to court documents obtained by the paper.
The 59-year-old actor is accused of groping an 18-year-old employee of the Club Car, a restaurant and bar on the island of Nantucket, in July 2016.
Spacey's latest stunt comes less than a week after he released a freaky YouTube video - his first social-media interaction in more than a year - in character in his former "House of Cards" role, Frank Underwood.