Kevin Spacey’s legal team has laid out the actor’s strategy for fighting allegations he sexually assaulted a teenager in a Nantucket bar in 2016.
An audio recording of a court hearing obtained by the Boston Globe revealed the former House of Cards actor’s two defense attorneys attacked the credibility of the alleged victim’s story that Spacey, 59, groped him after they met at the bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
As Radar reported, according to explosive court documents, Spacey allegedly rubbed the genitals of a teen bus boy— the son of former Boston WCVB-TV news anchor, Heather Unruh, at the crowded Club Car, while the minor rebuffed the House of Cards actor’s advances.
However, during the Dec. 20 hearing, Spacey’s LA-based lawyer, Alan Jackson, pointed out the alleged victim failed to go to authorities with his story for over a year. He also claimed Unruh’s son approached Spacey first, exchanged telephone numbers with him and lied to the actor, telling him he was 23 instead of 18.
According to the newspaper’s report, during their encounter, Spacey told the alleged victim “Let’s get drunk,” and the boy claimed to investigators he downed eight to 10 beers and whiskeys in just over an hour and may have blacked out at some point after the incident.
Jackson noted that though Spacey is accused of groping Unruh’s son for three minutes, the teenager never told him stop or attempted to move away.
“That’s an incredibly long time to have a strange man’s hands in your pants, correct?” Jackson asked State Police Trooper Gerald F. Donovan, one of the original investigators on the case.
While nobody has testified to seeing Spacey touching the alleged victim, investigators revealed that one person who was at the bar spotted the teen turn “pale, blank, a bit frightened.”
If found guilty of the charge against him, Spacey would have to register as a sex offender and faces up to five years in prison.
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