Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip court appearance

Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip court appearance

Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip court appearance

Ahead of his arraignment, the disgraced actor made a rare public appearance... to deliver pizza to members of the paparazzi.

The judge swiftly denied Spacey's request, ordering that he attend the court proceedings.

A MA judge on Monday denied actor Kevin Spacey's request to skip his upcoming arraignment on a felony charge he faces for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016, court documents show.

The case against Spacey was revealed earlier this month, the same day that he tweeted out a freaky video of himself as his character Frank Underwood, from the Netflix series House of Cards.

"On December 20, 2018 following a public show cause hearing at Nantucket District Court, Clerk Magistrate Brian Kearney issued a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery against Kevin S. Fowler, also known as Kevin Spacey", a statement from the Cape and Islands District Attorney office read. His argument: that him showing up in person would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

His lawyer added that his presence would heighten the "prejudicial media interest" in the case and contaminate the jury pool.

"I know you're just doing your job", he told one photographer.

The alleged incident took place at a Nantucket bar in July 2016 and involved the 18-year-old son of former Boston WCVB-TV news anchor Heather Unruh.

"Retired since 2017" suggests that Spacey had a say in his fall from grace; in reality, his career was derailed by numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, which found new resonance in the #MeToo movement.

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