Kevin Spacey was accused of beating the 18-year-old son of a Boston TV anchor in 2016 – the first criminal case against the Oscar-winning actor since his career collapsed amid a string of allegations of sexual misconduct there one year.
Spacey, 59, is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7 on the Nantucket resort island to be charged with indecent assault and battery, Cape Town District Attorney Michael O & # 39; Keefe said in a statement. Spacey could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
A criminal complaint was issued by a magistrate at a hearing on Thursday, said O & # 39; Keefe.
Soon after the prosecution became public, Spacey posted a YouTube video titled Let Me Be Frank and tweeted a link to it, breaking public silence for over a year.
In the bizarre dramatic monologue in the voice of Frank Underwood, his character in Netflix's House of Cards, who was killed after allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced, he says, "I know what you want, you want me back" .
He goes on to say, "Of course, some believed in everything and just waited anxiously to hear me confess everything, they're dying for me to declare that everything they said is true and I got what I deserved." I certainly will not pay the price for the thing I did not do. "
It is not clear if Spacey is referring to the charge he faces.
Later, he adds, "Soon, you'll know the full truth" before the three-minute video ends with a dramatic burst of suspense.
Claims of 2016
A message seeking comment was left on Monday with Spacey's spokeswoman, Laura Johnson.
Former news anchor Heather Unruh performed in November 2017 and said the actor reached into his 18-year-old son's pants and took his genitals at the Club Car restaurant on the resort island of Nantucket in July 2016.
His son ran away from the restaurant when Spacey went to use the bathroom, Unruh said at the time.
Unruh said his son did not immediately report the attack because he was embarrassed.
"The complainant has shown a tremendous amount of courage when introducing himself," Mitchell Garabedian, lawyer for Unruh's son, said in a statement Monday. "Let the facts be presented, the pertinent law applied, and a just and just verdict presented."
Spacey remains under investigation for sexual assault in Los Angeles for an incident that allegedly occurred in 2016. Prosecutors have refused to file charges in a 1992 allegation because of the statute of limitations.
Spacey also faced charges of sexual misconduct as artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London.
The two-time Oscar winner was among the first and biggest names to be caught in the #MeToo movement, which was sparked by allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood studio chief Harvey Weinstein in October 2017.
His first accuser, actor Anthony Rapp, said that Spacey climbed on him in a bed when Rapp was 14 and Spacey 26. Spacey said he did not remember such a meeting but apologized if the allegations were true. Spacey also used the statement to reveal he is gay.
Other accusers followed Rapp's example.
Spacey was later fired from Castle of Cards, The political drama in which he starred for five seasons, and his performance as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty was cut from the complete film All the money in the world and reshot with actor Christopher Plummer. Some other projects in which he was involved were archived.
The case against Spacey represents a rare criminal case in the #MeToo era. Weinstein is awaiting trial in New York, but many other cases have been too old to be prosecuted, and some prosecutors have refused to cooperate with the authorities.