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Kevin Spacey faces charge in sexual assault of teenager; posts bizarre video

December 24, 2018 - 3:35 pm

BOSTON (AP/ KYW Newsradio) — A Massachusetts prosecutor says Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned next month on a charge of indecent assault and battery on allegations he sexually assaulted the teenage son of a Boston television anchor in a Nantucket restaurant.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe tells The Boston Globe that Spacey is due in Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.

O'Keefe says a criminal complaint was issued by a clerk magistrate during a public show-cause hearing on Thursday.

Former news anchor Heather Unruh came forward in November 2017 and said the actor stuck his hand down her then-18-year-old son's pants and grabbed his genitals at the Club Car Restaurant in July 2016.

Her son fled the restaurant when Spacey went to use the bathroom, Unruh said at the time. She said her son didn't report the assault right away because he was embarrassed.

A message seeking comment was left Monday with Spacey spokeswoman Laura Johnson.

Following the news of his scheduled arraignment, Spacey released an unusual video personifying his former "House of Cards" character Frank Underwood.

The video, titled "Let Me Be Frank," seems to draw parallels between accusations against the actor and Underwood's untimely demise from the Netflix series as a result of Spacey's alleged sexual assaults. The three-minute clip breaks his public silence of more than a year.

In the dramatic monologue, Spacey says as Underwood: "I know what you want. Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, it's too powerful and after all, we shared everything, you and I. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honesty, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me even though you knew you shouldn't. So we're not done, no matter what anyone says. And besides, I know what you want: You want me back.

"You wouldn't believe the worst without evidence, would you? You wouldn't rush to judgments without facts, would you? ... No, not you, you're smarter than that."

It is unclear whether Spacey is referring to the charge he faces.

"I can promise you this," he continued, "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.

"Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines the impeachment without a trial, despite everything, despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth."

"The complainant has shown a tremendous amount of courage in coming forward," Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for Unruh's son, said in a statement Monday. "Let the facts be presented, the relevant law applied and a just and fair verdict rendered."

Spacey remains under investigation of sexual assault in Los Angeles for an incident that allegedly occurred in 2016. Prosecutors declined to file charges in a 1992 allegation because of the statute of limitations.

Spacey had also faced accusations of sexual misconduct while artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre.

The accusations against Spacey, which came early in the #MeToo movement that brought attention to sexual assault, cost him roles.


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KYW Newsradio's Rachel Kurland contributed to this report.