Sunday 17 February 2019

Spacey claims 'grope' accuser spent night with him in 'mutual flirting'

Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault. Photo: AP
Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault. Photo: AP

Harriot Alexander

Kevin Spacey has denied sexually assaulting an 18-year-old in a Nantucket bar in 2016, insisting in court filings they spent an enjoyable night together and engaged in "mutual and consensual flirting".

In his first account, Spacey claimed his accuser, William Little, was friendly and admiring, even bringing over a friend to introduce him.

Spacey (59) appeared in court on Monday on the exclusive holiday island in Massachusetts to be charged with indecent assault over the incident. He has pleaded not guilty.

And in court filings, submitted on Monday, he insisted Mr Little enjoyed their time together.

Mr Little was working as a "busboy" - cleaning and clearing the tables - at the Club Car restaurant when Spacey came in.

When his shift ended, he stayed at the restaurant to speak to the 'House of Cards' actor.

Spacey said the teenager "claimed he was a 23-year-old student studying business at Wake Forest University" - a lie Mr Little later confirmed to police he had told.

The double Oscar winner claimed Mr Little "welcomed drinks from [Spacey], let [Spacey] put his arm around him near the piano while they did sing-a-longs and even left the bar to smoke with [Spacey]." The defendant claimed the teenager gave him his number - an action the actor claims showed "mutual and consensual flirting".

Mr Little alleges that while they were by the piano Spacey began massaging his groin area and unzipped his trousers.

At no point in the court filing does Spacey deny groping the young man.

The motion, obtained by 'DailyMail.com', was filed in support of Spacey's legal team's request to obtain all messages between Mr Little and his girlfriend, from the night of their meeting on July 7, 2016 until January 2017.

Spacey did not speak during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

Judge Thomas Barrett set March 4 for the next hearing, when Spacey will not be present. If the case goes to trial and Spacey is found guilty, he could face five years in jail.

He left the courtroom without commenting, and flew out of the island to Washington DC - where he was stopped for speeding. He was given a warning. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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