Kevin Spacey asks to skip MA court appearance

Kevin Spacey is due to appear in court in Nantucket on January 7

"I am requesting that this court excuse my physical presence at the arraignment as I reside out-of-state and believe that my presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

Scotland Yard is looking into several allegations against Spacey during his tenure as the Creative Director of the Old Vic theatre in London while prosecutors in Nantucket, Massachusetts, have charged the actor with indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping an 18-year-old busboy in July 2016.

The District Attorney in charge of the case has filed a motion with the court to prevent Spacey from waiving his appearance at the arraignment hearing on January 7 after the D.A. office had received a copy of this motion. The allegations were first brought in November 2017, when former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh told reporters that Spacey groped her teenage son during a chance encounter in the crowded bar of a Nantucket restaurant.

Spacey's latest stunt comes less than a week after he released a freakish YouTube video - his first social-media interaction in more than a year - in character in his former "House of Cards" role, Frank Underwood.

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It was unclear whether he was addressing the criminal charge.

Spacey was sacked from the show in 2017 after a number of sexual assault and misconduct claims surfaced against him.

Ms Unruh has told reporters her son didn't report the assault at the time because he was embarrassed and scared.

"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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