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Kevin Spacey Makes Courtroom Appearance Regarding Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey appeared in court today to enter a plea of not guilty to a single felony charge of indecent assault and battery in regard to allegations involving an 18-year-old male at a Nantucket bar in 2016.

After the brief 10-minute hearing, Judge Thomas S. Barrett released Spacey on his own recognizance, according to NBC10Boston.

 

 

The allegations were made public in November 2017 by former local news anchor Heather Unruh, who claims Spacey groped her then-18-year-old son at the Club Car Restaurant in July 2016. Her son was employed there at the time as a bus boy.

According to documents filed in court, the teen asked to meet the Oscar winner after his shift ended at the restaurant. The young man admitted to investigators that he told Spacey he was 23-years-old.

Unruh says Spacey bought the teen several drinks and eventually sexually assaulted her son by groping the teen’s leg. The teen says Spacey continued by unzipping his pants and touching him without consent.

The alleged groping, according to the court filing, went on for some minutes. The teen told the police investigator that he didn’t say anything or walk away during the assault.

The young man apparently sent video of Spacey touching him to his girlfriend via Snapchat.

Spacey allegedly asked the boy to go back to the house where he was staying, which the teen says made him uncomfortable.

But an audio recording of a December 2018 court hearing, obtained by The Boston Globe, shows Spacey’s legal team asserts the encounter was consensual.

Spacey’s attorneys point to the fact that the boy did not immediately report the incident to police. In fact, the teen wasn’t interviewed in person until a year later.

The 59-year-old’s lawyers also note that the alleged victim admits to approaching Spacey first, and lying about his age.

Further, Spacey’s attorney Alan Jackson says the teen’s admission that the alleged groping went on for approximately three minutes but he made no move to stop it shows the encounter was consensual. 

Said Jackson, per the audio recording, “That's an incredibly long time to have a strange man's hands in your pants, correct?"

Judge Barrett scheduled a March 4 pre-trial hearing which Spacey will not be required to attend, although he must be available by telephone.

If found guilty, Spacey could face up to five years in prison or up to 2½ years in a house of correction. A finding of guilty would also require Spacey to register as a sex offender. 

These allegations are just part of a firestorm of accusations of sexual misconduct leveled at Spacey during the height of the #MeToo movement beginning in fall of 2017.

Spacey was eventually fired from his hit Netflix series, House of Cards, and was replaced in the already-completed film, All the Money in the World.

After the December court hearing, Spacey released a bizarre video via YouTube where he reprised his House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, urging the viewer to not rush to judgement.

"Despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good, and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth," said Spacey in the video.

 

 

(h/t: Boston Globe, NBC10Boston)

Lawyers Claim Alleged Victim in Kevin Spacey Assault Case Allowed Groping for Several Minutes

Audio recording of a court hearing obtained by the Boston Globe gives details as to how Kevin Spacey's lawyers are planning to defend him against claims that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old in Nantucket, Massachusets back in 2016.

The alleged victim is the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, who publicly came forward last year and accused the Oscar winner of groping her son at the Club Car bar in Nantucket.

Spacey's lawyers tried to rush his arraignment by saying he was on the island and could've made his initial court appearance on Thursday, December 20th. Nantucket District Court officials said there was no judge available for arraignment that day. Now he's due to be arraigned on a felony count of indecent assault and battery on January 7th. 

The audio transcript included Spacey's lawyers arguments that Unruh's son did not report the incident that night or the next day. The lawyers said he wasn't even interviewed in person until a year later.

His lawyers also said the alleged victim told cops he was the one who approached Spacey in the bar, where they eventually exchanged phone numbers. They also claimed he lied about his age, saying he was 23, when he actually was 18.

The lawyers disclosed Unruh told cops he drank between 8 and 10 drinks, both beer and whiskey, in a little over an hour and was so drunk he may have blacked out.

His lawyer's big point in all of this revolves around Unruh's son allegedly telling investigators that The Usual Suspects actor groped him for around 3 minutes and claiming he didn't move away from him or tell him to stop. Attorney Alan Jackson told the judge, "That's an incredibly long time to have a strange man's hands in your pants, correct?"

The alleged victim claimed that he couldn't move away because the bar was packed. Spacey's lawyers also claimed that the Snapchat video that the alleged victim sent to his girlfriend while it was happening didn't include groping, just someone's hands touching another person's shirt.

Spacey released a bizarre video a couple of days ago right before the Christmas holiday, where he played the role of his former character Frank Underwood on House of Cards and urged people to not rush to judgment.

h/t: Boston Globe

Police Report: Sex Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey Includes Video Evidence

The sexual assault case involving Oscar winner Kevin Spacey includes video evidence of the actor touching the alleged victim’s pants, according to MassLive.com.

As Instinct reported earlier this week, Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on January 7.

The former House of Cards star faces one count of indecent assault on a person over the age of 14 after being accused of groping a teenager in a Nantucket bar in the summer of 2016.

The male teen is the son of local news anchor Heather Unruh, who went public with the story last year.

 

 

Unruh's son was 18-years-old at the time of the alleged incident.

MassLive obtained the State Police report after it was filed with the criminal complaint in Nantucket District Court.

It’s worth noting that the alleged assault was reported to police on October 31, 2016, well ahead of the onslaught of accusations against Spacey that eventually led to his firing from the hit Netflix series House of Cards and being replaced in the film, All the Money in the World.

Among the details revealed in the police report:

The teen was employed at the bar where the alleged assault took place, known as the Club Car, as a bus boy.

He asked a coworker to introduce him to Spacey after his shift.

While chatting, the 18-year-old told Spacey he was 23 and the actor offered to buy him a drink.

The teen admitted to having 4-5 beers before Spacey reportedly suggested switching to whiskey saying, “Let’s get drunk.”

As the evening progressed, singing songs at a piano, the boy mentioned his girlfriend of five months. Spacey allegedly responded to the comments by talking about the size of his penis.

Spacey reportedly asked the boy to go back to the where house he was staying, which the teen says made him uncomfortable.

Later, standing in group of people at the piano, Spacey allegedly began groping the teen’s leg, then unzipped his pants and touched him without consent.

The police trooper wrote in the report the teen was uncertain how to handle the situation. He told the trooper he knew he could get in trouble as he was under legal drinking age and he was drinking at work.

The boy admitted to police that he didn’t say anything, nor did he walk, away during the assault.

As the touching went on for some minutes, he took out his phone and captured video of Spacey groping him via Snapchat and sent it to his girlfriend. The girlfriend has confirmed receiving the video.

Eventually, Spacey went to the bathroom and Unruh’s son told a woman in the bar he thought Spacey was being inappropriate. He then ran home and shared the story with his sister.

The police report notes that the son has attempted to play down the incident, but his sister and mother both feel that response has been a ‘coping mechanism.’

Unruh’s son eventually went to the police and an investigation began. 

Interviewing members of the Club Car staff, no one reported seeing any assault although two employees recalled the teen and Spacey chatting. And one coworker remembered the boy looking “pale, blank and a bit frightened.”

Instinct reported on Monday, the day the charges were announced, Spacey tweeted out a link to a bizarre YouTube video. The tweet was his first in a year.

Spacey delivered a monologue to the camera as his former House of Cards character, ‘Frank Underwood,’ saying in part, “But, you wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you?”

In the heat of the #MeToo movement last year, Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp (RENT, Star Trek: Discovery) of inappropriate behavior at a holiday party decades ago when both were appearing on Broadway. Rapp was 14 at the time of that alleged incident.

Spacey responded to Rapp's accusation by saying he was 'horrified' by the story but didn't remember it. He then offered an apology to Rapp characterizing the episode as what must have been "deeply drunken behavior."

He also used the apology to finally come out as gay after years of rumors.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rapp's accusation was followed by more than a dozen more allegations of sexual misconduct by Spacey over several years.

(h/t MassLive)

Kevin Spacey Shares Bizarre Video "You Wouldn't Rush To Judgements Without Facts, Would You?"

Kevin Spacey briefly returned to his House of Cards role of “Frank Underwood” in a video posted to his YouTube channel that has lots of folks scratching their heads.

The actor, who was fired from the hit Netflix series amid several allegations of sexual misconduct, speaks to the camera in the same style utilized by ‘Frank’ with language that could apply both to his character’s sudden death and his own personal legal challenges.

According to The Boston Globe, Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned on January 7 in Nantucket regarding a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery that allegedly happened in July 2016.

A link to the video was tweeted out by Spacey (his first tweet in a year) minutes after the Globe’s story was published.

In the video, titled “Let Me Be Frank,” the 59-year-old begins by staring at the viewer saying, “Oh, I know what you want.”

“Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful,” he continues.

Referencing his “deepest, darkest secrets,” the Academy Award winner says, “I showed you exactly what people are capable of.”

He also says he knows what his audience wants - “You want me back.”

He then takes a turn sharing, “Of course, some believed everything and they’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all.”

“They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said was ‘true’ and that I got what I deserved,” Spacey laments without directly mentioning the real-world allegations. “Wouldn’t that be easy, if it were all so simple?” 

“You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you?”

“You wouldn’t rush to judgements without facts, would you?”

“Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial, despite everything, despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good,” Spacey says referencing Frank’s death. “And my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth.”

Clearly, Spacey is attempting to offer his own House of Cards finale, but there’s a wink of the eye in his choice of words and timing of the video.

Interestingly, most commenters on the YouTube page rave saying the ‘scene’ is much better than the actual final season of House of Cards.

Watch the three-minute video below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

 

 

(h/t Boston Globe)

Kevin Spacey Sued For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting a Masseur in Malibu in 2016

Just a few days after his “good friend” [and also, maybe, an out-of-touch, 83-year-old film and theater actress] Judi Dench defended him in Spain, Kevin Spacey has been filed another lawsuit, for allegedly sexually assaulting a masseur at a Malibu home in 2016. This case is downright graphic. You’ve been warned.

According to Deadline Hollywood, a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court alleges the Billionaire Boys Club star forced a male massage therapist to “touch his scrotum, testicles and penis” before “pulling him in for an apparent attempted forced kiss.”

“During these assaults, plaintiff repeatedly asked Spacey to allow him to leave, but Spacey blocked access to Spacey’s massage table and the door with his naked body,” 

Spacey is being sued for sexual battery, gender violence, battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.

Following the assault, the alleged victim said to Spacey:

“What are you doing? This is ridiculous. I am a professional. This is what I do for a living. I have a son”.

The suit claims: “Spacey’s conduct was extreme and outrageous. Spacey acted with reckless disregard for plaintiff’s rights and feelings, and with deliberate indifference to the certainty that plaintiff would suffer emotional distress.

“As a direct and proximate result of Spacey’s actions, plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer severe mental anguish, emotional pain and distress, fear, humiliation, grief, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, anger, frustration, helplessness, nervousness , sadness, stress, mental and emotional distress, and anxiety.”

The alleged victim says he reported the incident to police when it happened. So far, authorities have yet to confirm or deny this.

Spacey is already being investigated in the U.S. and the U.K. for multiple alleged sexual assaults.

To read more: Deadline Hollywood.

Here is the graphic court document.


Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or the fellow contributors.

Dame Judi Dench Says Kevin Spacey Has Been Treated Unfairly

Speaking at a press conference at the San Sebastien International Film Festival in Spain, Dame Judi Dench made a bold move by defending a certain persona non grata, actor Kevin Spacey.

Dench co-starred with Spacey in 2001’s The Shipping News. The picture shot right after the death of Dench’s husband. She told reporters at San Sebastien that Spacey was “an inestimable comfort” on the shoot, and that “he never mentioned he knew I was in a bad way.”

“He cheered me up and kept me going.”

To refresh: last October, Rent and Star Trek Discovery star Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey  made sexual advances when Rapp was a minor. This led to a swift, industry-wide fallout for the actor, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 30 men. He was replaced with Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, and he was unceremoniously killed off for the final season of House of Cards.

Dench told reporters in Spain that she’s 100% not on-board with Spacey’s removal from projects:

“I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact that – whatever he has done – that you then start to cut him out of films.”

She continues:

"Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out?

Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know about the conditions of it, but nevertheless he is, and was, a most wonderful actor. And a good friend. I can’t imagine what he’s doing now.”

Do you think Kevin Spacey deserves a second chance? Do you disagree with the Dame? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

h/t: Variety

This Weekend's Box Office Is Great For Asian Representation, Terrible for Kevin Spacey

This was a red-letter weekend at the domestic box office for a few reasons. Let’s start with the tough break:

Billionaire Boys Club, which some naively expected could be a comeback for disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, is a jaw-hit-the-floor box office disaster.

At ten locations, Billionaire Boys Club grossed $126. That’s about enough to cover the cost of a brand new pair of sensible Nike running shoes.

That’s 1/ 841, 269th the North American opening day gross of Avengers: Infinity War.

Critics have dismissed Billionaire Boys Club, generally agreeing that it’s a third-rate, amateurish Wall Street/ Wolf of Wall Street knockoff with very little working for it. The picture co-stars Ansel Elgort and Emma Roberts. The drama is about a 1980s Ponzi scheme ring.

In the film, Spacey plays—check this out—an extremely wealthy man who abuses his power and takes advantage of people.

To refresh: last October, Rent and Star Trek Discovery star Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey  made sexual advances when Rapp was a minor. This led to a swift, industry-wide fallout for the actor, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 30 men. He was replaced with Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, and he was unceremoniously killed off for the final season of House of Cards.

Let’s wrap up with the bright side of this weekend’s box office: Warner Brothers’ Crazy Rich Asians is a triumph. The Singapore-set rom-com, first Hollywood studio release with an all-Asian cast since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, is estimated to earn nearly $40 million in its first five days (it opened on Wednesday).

Crazy Rich Asians has received critical acclaim, boasting a juicy 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Many say it is the best romantic comedy released by a Hollywood studio in a decade or so. This is a watershed moment for Asian representation in the industry. Let's hope the diversity in big-budget filmmaking continues.

h/t: The Hollywood Reporter

Robin Wright Breaks Silence On Sex Abuse Allegations Against Kevin Spacey

Robin Wright, star of the hit Netflix series House of Cards, publicly addressed the allegations of sexual assault against former co-star Kevin Spacey for the first time.

Speaking to Savannah Guthrie of The Today Show this morning, Wright said:

“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups where we would giggle. I didn’t really, I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."

 

In the wake of Spacey's dismissal from the show, it's been announced that the final season of House of Cards will focus on Wright's character of "Claire Underwood." 

Wright's statement comes as more allegations of 'inappropriate behavior' by Oscar winner Spacey continue to pile up.  Three more men have come forward accusing Spacey of sexual assault.

All three men say the assaults took place in the 1990s in England. Police in the UK are now investigating six different accusations of assault by the actor.

Concurrently, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is looking into a 1992 accusation of sexual assault against Spacey.

It was in late October of 2017 that the Academy Award winner's career began to spin out from under him as Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp came forward during the surge of the #MeToo movement to accuse Spacey of making a sexual advance to him in the 1980s when Rapp was only 14-years-old.

Spacey responded by coming out via Twitter.

Almost immediately, an avalanche of other men came forward with their own reports of sexual impropriety. 

The 58-year-old actor was released from his starring role on House of Cards after several members of the cast and crew raised their own accusations.

Additionally, Spacey was also edited out of the movie All the Money in the World shortly before it’s release and replaced with Christopher Plummer, who would go on to be nominated for Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Awards for his work in the film.

According to reports, Spacey's agent and publicist have severed ties with the actor.

More Allegations Come Out About Defamed Star Kevin Spacey

We’ve got new Kevin Spacey allegations.

While the actor was hoping he could have his latest film The Billionaire Boys Club skate by without anyone noticing or causing an uproar, he was mistaken.

The latest man to share allegations of Spacey being way too handsy is Guy Pearce. Pearce took part in an interview with Australian talk show host Andrew Denton.

Pearce, who worked with Spacey in 1997 for the film LA Confidential, was asked by Denton about his experience with the now infamous star. The actor allegedly had Denton and the live studio audience laughing as he gave his thoughts on Spacey.

“Yeah... Tough one to talk about at the moment,” Pearce responded on Denton's chat show, Seven. ”Amazing actor; incredible actor. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah. He’s a handsy guy."

"Thankfully I was 29, and not 14," he added.

Spacey has been the focus of several sexual molestation and harassment allegations in the past year. The former House of Cards actor, though known in Hollywood for his sexual deviancy, got into trouble with the rest of the world when Broadway and Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp shared the story of Spacey coming onto him when he was a teenager.

Several allegations followed and Spacey’s career took a hit such as being fired from hit Netflix series House of Cards. But again, Spacey continues to act and has another movie coming out soon. Will Guy Pearce's words affect that? We shall see.

If you want to see the interview for yourself, it will air on Australian tv screens later tonight (July 3) on Australian network GWN7.

Kevin Spacey is Back in the "Billionaire Boys Club" Trailer

Kevin Spacey is back! Only, don’t call this a comeback. This is a movie the actor shot two years ago.

The trailer for The Billionaire Boys Club is out. In the film, Spacey plays—get this—an extremely wealthy man who abuses his power and takes advantage of people.

The movie, which kind looks like The Wolf of Wall Street if it were made by teenagers on a budget instead of Martin Scorsese, is about a 1980s Los Angeles Ponzi scheme ring. It features attractive young male stars Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, and Emma Roberts dressed up as Pris from Blade Runner for some reason.

No, this isn’t a comeback. This is a distributor trying to eek out a profit for a movie they paid for long before sh*t went down. Still, it’s surprising, and a little unsettling, that Spacey is featured so prominently in the marketing.

Last October, Rent and Star Trek Discover star Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed that Spacey  made sexual advances when Rapp was a minor. This led to a swift, industry-wide fallout for the actor, who has now been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 30 men.

Shortly after Rapp’s bombshell, director Ridley Scott and Sony Pictures made international headlines with an Eleventh Hour decision to remove Spacey from the historical thriller All the Money in the World, replacing his screen time with Christopher Plummer in the role of J. Paul Getty.

Netflix forcibly removed Spacey from the final season of House Cards, and now Robin Wright is the new President Underwood. That automatically means this is going to be the best House of Cards season in like five years.

The press tour for The Billionaire Boys Club—if there is one—sounds like it’s going to be a doozy. I kind of just want to grab a bucket of popcorn, sit on the sidelines and watch it all go down. It’s bound to be more entertaining than the movie itself.

The Billionaire Boys Club opens in limited theaters July 19, and you can see it if you’re interested!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oCY_mMvG9s

h/t: https://www.out.com/popnography/2018/6/14/kevin-spacey-stars-billionaire-boys-club-despite-numerous-sexual-assault-allegations

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