US actor Kevin Spacey, 59, did not charge for a sexual abuse of a teenager in 2016 when he was formally charged Monday before a judge on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Prosecutor Michael O & # 39; Keefe confirmed that a non-error claim was filed on behalf of Kevin S. Fowler, the real name of the actor.
The famous protagonist of the successful Netflix series "House of Cards" was released on bail, and although he was not asked to deliver the passport to prevent him from fleeing the country, Judge Thomas Barrett forbade him to contact the alleged victim or his family, the prosecution requested.
A new pretrial hearing was scheduled on March 4, but there is no need for Spacey to appear personally, the judge said.
Spacey had initially requested that his lawyers represent him during the hearing, and had written to the judge a letter to indicate that he would not have been guilty, but Barrett wanted him to be personal to the court.
The actor, who had a dark blazer in the audience, a white shirt with small patterned flowers and tie with polka dots, so tired, with bags under his eyes. He arrived at the exclusive island of Massachusetts on a private plane this morning, according to NBC television.
Spacey's lawyer, Alan Jackson, requested that neither the alleged victim nor his girlfriend delete anything from their cell phones between the date of the alleged incident and now. The judge agreed on the request, but only for six months from July 2016. According to the local press, Little and his girlfriend would have exchanged messages and even pictures about the alleged attack.
The accusation against the actor comes 13 months after filing the teen's complaint and is part of the last chapter of the # MeToo movement, jailed by actor Bill Cosby and accusing Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.
It's the first time Spacey has to face criminal charges, despite dozens of complaints about harassment and sexual abuse against him.
The actor is facing a sentence of up to five years in prison to put William Little's pants at 18 at the time of the alleged attack in July 2016 at a Nantucket restaurant where Young worked as a busboy during the summer.
According to Little, the day of the incident, he stayed at the restaurant after his shift to meet Spacey. Having introduced to the actor and telling him he was 23 years old – the legal alcohol level in Massachusetts is 21 years old – they started drinking beer and after a while they switched to whiskey at Spacey's request.
A while later, the actor invited him to go with him and some friends at home, according to the young man. Little rejected the offer because he suspected the actor was trying to seduce him. But he lived in the bar to get a picture with Spacey.
It was then that the winner of two Oscar statuettes for his roles in "Usual Suspects" (1996) and "American Beauty" (2000) put his hand in his youth pants, according to the complaint.
Spacey, who was forced to leave public life on charges of sexual abuse in 2017, posted a video on the Internet in December, resuming the role of Frank Underwood, the character he proclaimed in "House of Cards" to talk about deunciations.
The video had many interpretations, which prompted both Underwood's destiny, the main character of the series rejected by the manufacturer, and the lawsuits against Spacey.
"You wouldn't believe the worst without proof, would you? You wouldn't hurry to judge without facts, right?" Have you done it? No, you're not smarter than that, "said Spacey in the video.
"Just you and I know it's never so simple, not in politics and not in life."
Spacey was considered one of the best actors of his generation, but his career collapsed after a dozen men in the United States and Britain accused him of sexual abuse.
In addition to the Nantucket case, two other studies continue in Los Angeles and London, where Spacey was the artistic director of the prestigious Old Vic Theater from 2004 to 2015.
Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who acted in several Old Vic productions, said "it seems like it just took a man under 30 to get Mr. Spacey to touch us."
The first public report on an abuse case came from actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed that Spacey abused him when he was 14, in 1986.
Spacey has not appeared on the screen or at a stage since the Rapp complaint.
Director Ridley Scott even took out Spacey from his movie "All Money of the World" (2017), and shot all the scenes where the actor appeared with another star, Christopher Plummer.