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Kevin Spacey Accuser Denies Manipulating Text Messages About Alleged Assault

Kevin Spacey Accuser Denies Manipulating Text Messages About Alleged Assault 1

The person who claims that actor Kevin Spacey groped him at a Nantucket bar in 2016, when he was 18, spoke out publicly for the primary time at a listening to Monday in Nantucket District Courtroom.

Following the 40-minute testimony — throughout which he denied altering textual content messages and different info from the night time of the alleged incident, and mentioned he by no means obtained the cellphone again from legislation enforcement officers, to whom the gadget was turned over — the accuser, now 20, invoked his Fifth Modification proper in opposition to self-incrimination.

That, in response to Choose Thomas Barrett, means the testimony beforehand given by the person — a university senior — can be stricken.

Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, requested the choose to dismiss the case instantly, saying if the accuser doesn’t testify — coupled with the lacking cellphone — continuing with the case can be a waste of money and time for all concerned.

Barrett mentioned that whereas the prison prices in opposition to Spacey, 59, for indecent assault and battery “may well be dismissed,” they had been “not going to be dismissed today.” Spacey has pleaded not responsible to the fees.

The subsequent listening to—– supplied the case continues — is on July 31.

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Prosecutor Brian Glenny informed the choose he and his colleagues “certainly have to consider” whether or not they need to proceed with the case, however weren’t ready to take action on Monday.

The most recent listening to — which Spacey didn’t attend — comes on the heels of the withdrawal of a civil case in opposition to Spacey introduced by the alleged sufferer, whose mom, former Boston TV information anchor Heather Unruh, mentioned Monday in court docket was not the results of any settlement.

Unruh and the accuser’s father, William “Nick” Little, each took the stand Monday and each claimed that they had not seen the cellphone because it was turned over to the police on Dec. 29, 2017. However State Police Trooper Gerald Donovan testified on the listening to that the cellphone was returned to the household on Dec. 18, 2017.

Unruh admitted to deleting some movies from her son’s cellphone earlier than handing it over to police — greater than a yr after the alleged incident — however said that the movies she deleted had nothing in anyway to do with the case, and concerned use of inappropriate language and consuming/partying.

When requested about what number of pictures she had deleted, Unruh mentioned “Not many … a couple of things that concerned me and I spoke to Will about … I don’t know a mom out there who would not do that.”

Whereas Unruh was cooperative and composed, her husband was defensive and argumentative and was informed by Barrett a number of occasions that he was at risk of being held in contempt of court docket.

“He did the case a great disservice,” former prosecutor Vince DeMore, a principal with Boston-based West Hill Associates who has been following the case, tells PEOPLE.

DeMore says that whereas the disappearance of the mobile phone from the night time of the alleged incident is vital, the accuser pleading the fifth places “the future of the case very much in doubt” and {that a} movement to dismiss could possibly be filed earlier than the listening to on July 31.

“The case rises and falls on the victim’s testimony,” he says. “If the victim doesn’t testify, then there is no case.”

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The sexual assault accusation was first introduced ahead in November 2017 by Unruh when she publicly accused the actor of assaulting her then 18-year-old son at a bar in July 2016. The accusation got here amid a flurry of different sexual misconduct allegations and claims that Spacey made undesirable sexual advances in the direction of younger male actors.

In police studies obtained by PEOPLE, Unruh’s son informed authorities that he was “texting and snapchatting” when Spacey reached down his pants and repeatedly touched his genitals over the course of three minutes whereas they had been collectively on the Nantucket bar, the place the accuser labored as a busboy.

He additionally informed investigators that he approached Spacey that night time, wanting a photograph, and proceeded to drink closely with the actor — after mendacity about his age by saying he was a 23-year-old school scholar — earlier than the alleged assault happened, in response to the police studies.

The accuser mentioned Spacey’s alleged touching went on for about three minutes and that he tried to maneuver away, to no avail, in response to the studies. He mentioned that he fled when Spacey went to the lavatory.

Information in regards to the cost in opposition to Spacey broke the identical day that the actor launched a video — portraying his deceased Home of Playing cards character, Frank Underwood — by which he alluded to the a number of sexual assault allegations in opposition to him, and maintained his innocence.

“Of course, some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all,” Spacey mentioned within the video shared to his social channels. “They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved. Wouldn’t that be easy if it was all so simple? Only you and I both know it’s never that simple, not in politics and not in life.”

He mentioned, “I can promise you this: If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do.”

In different Spacey information, the previous Home of Playing cards star was lately questioned by London’s Metropolitan Police over six separate allegations of sexual assault courting again to 1996. Scotland Yard detectives traveled to the U.S. to interview Spacey, however no prices have been filed.

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