Spacey: Court appearance would 'amplify' negative publicity

Yolanda Curtis
January 2, 2019

A MA judge has ordered actor Kevin Spacey to appear at his arraignment next week on a sexual assault charge.

The actor said in documents received by the court earlier on Monday that he is pleading not guilty and believes he should be excused from appearing at the forthcoming arraignment, the term that describes the process in the United States of calling someone before a court to answer a criminal charge.

But, according to news reports, Spacey was photographed in public twice this weekend, once with his face partially obscured as he got into a vehicle.

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The District Attorney in charge of the case has filed a motion with the court to prevent Spacey from waiving his appearance at the arraignment hearing on January 7 after the D.A. office had received a copy of this motion.

A judge has denied Kevin Spacey's request to skip his upcoming hearing for the sexual assault case.

An attorney for Spacey, Juliane Balliro, had argued that Spacey's presence at his arraignment would only "heighten prejudicial media interest in the case" and increase the risk of contaminating the jury pool.

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In a freaky video posted to YouTube last week, Spacey - playing his famed House of Cards character Frank Underwood - seemingly addressed the sexual assault allegations.

It was unclear whether he was addressing the criminal charge. Her family made a decision to come forward after others went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey and other celebrities, she said.

Cape Town - Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was spotted in public for the first time since he was accused of sexual assault in 2017.

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