Prosecutors in Massachusetts announced Monday that they’ve charged embattled actor Kevin Spacey with felony indecent assault and battery, in connection with a July 2016 incident involving a local news reporter’s teen son.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Spacey, 59, will be arraigned in Massachusetts on January 7, 2019. The news of Spacey’s indictment came as a video was posted to his official Twitter account where he apparently defends the multiple sexual misconduct accusations against him while acting as Frank Underwood.
In the video, titled, “Let Me Be Frank,” Spacey doesn’t explicitly state that he’s reprising his “House of Cards” role, but does appear to allude to his killing-off in season six, which came after more than 15 men accused him of misconduct.
“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,” he says, asking viewers to seek out facts and evidence over conjecture.
— Heather Unruh (@HeatherUnruh) October 13, 2017
In November 2017, former WCVB news anchor Heather Unruh claimed Spacey plied her 18-year-old son with alcohol before grabbing his genitals at a Nantucket restaurant. According to BuzzFeed, Unruh said her son was in shock as Spacey made conversation and invited him to drinks at another location. It was when he got up to the bathroom when a female patron asked if the teen was alright and instructed him to run away, Unruh said.
“Shame on you for what you did to my son,” she said during a news conference.
Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney for the alleged victim, told THR in a statement Monday, “The complainant has shown a tremendous amount of courage in coming forward. Let the facts be presented, the relevant law applied and a just and fair verdict rendered.”
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