Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip court appearance

Kevin Spacey

On Sunday, he was spotted in Baltimore, according to the Daily Mail , which relayed a odd incident in which he handed a pizza to a photographer.

Boston - A MA prosecutor said on Monday that 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.

On Monday, the same day that Spacey was charged with felony sexual assault, the actor released a video on his social media accounts, in which he seemed to be channeling his deceased House of Cards character, Frank Underwood.

The 59-year-old United States actor has been told to attend court to formally hear charges against him on 7 January.

Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett's ruling means the former "House of Cards" star will have to appear in court on January 7. His argument: that him showing up in person would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

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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.

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

He was dropped from the final season of political thriller House Of Cards and erased from the Ridley Scott movie All The Money In The World after the allegations were made.

"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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