Audio recording of a court hearing obtained by the Boston Globe gives details as to how Kevin Spacey's lawyers are planning to defend him against claims that he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old in Nantucket, Massachusets back in 2016.
The alleged victim is the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh, who publicly came forward last year and accused the Oscar winner of groping her son at the Club Car bar in Nantucket.
Spacey's lawyers tried to rush his arraignment by saying he was on the island and could've made his initial court appearance on Thursday, December 20th. Nantucket District Court officials said there was no judge available for arraignment that day. Now he's due to be arraigned on a felony count of indecent assault and battery on January 7th.
The audio transcript included Spacey's lawyers arguments that Unruh's son did not report the incident that night or the next day. The lawyers said he wasn't even interviewed in person until a year later.
His lawyers also said the alleged victim told cops he was the one who approached Spacey in the bar, where they eventually exchanged phone numbers. They also claimed he lied about his age, saying he was 23, when he actually was 18.
The lawyers disclosed Unruh told cops he drank between 8 and 10 drinks, both beer and whiskey, in a little over an hour and was so drunk he may have blacked out.
His lawyer's big point in all of this revolves around Unruh's son allegedly telling investigators that The Usual Suspects actor groped him for around 3 minutes and claiming he didn't move away from him or tell him to stop. Attorney Alan Jackson told the judge, "That's an incredibly long time to have a strange man's hands in your pants, correct?"
The alleged victim claimed that he couldn't move away because the bar was packed. Spacey's lawyers also claimed that the Snapchat video that the alleged victim sent to his girlfriend while it was happening didn't include groping, just someone's hands touching another person's shirt.
Spacey released a bizarre video a couple of days ago right before the Christmas holiday, where he played the role of his former character Frank Underwood on House of Cards and urged people to not rush to judgment.
h/t: Boston Globe