"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.
Next week, Kevin Spacey is due in a Nantucket District Court on charges of felony sexual assault.
Supporting documentation from his attorneys claimed that if Spacey attended the hearing, it would "only serve to heighten prejudicial media interest in the case and will increase the risk of contamination of the pool of jurors available for the trial".
Prosecutors opposed the motion, calling on the judge to deny it, according to court documents obtained by the paper.
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The actor has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men - beginning with allegations by "Star Trek: Discovery" star Anthony Rapp that Spacey made sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14 years old. Defendants are required to appear for court arraignments unless their appearance is waived by a judge, according to MA court officials.
"He did not report the crime at the time, and that was largely because of embarrassment and fear", she said. On the day he was charged, the actor released a weird video on his social media accounts in which he revived his deceased House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, to deliver a pre-prepared monologue protesting his innocence.
"I know you're just doing your job", he told one photographer.