Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip court appearance

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But, according to news reports, Spacey was photographed in public twice this weekend, once with his face partially obscured as he got into a auto.

Boston - A MA prosecutor said on Monday that Kevin Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned next month on a charge of indecent assault and battery on allegations he sexually assaulted the teenage son of a Boston television anchor in a Nantucket restaurant.

Spacey, an Oscar-winner, denies groping an 18-year-old in a restaurant in Nantucket, Massachusetts in 2016.

The decision by Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett on Monday means Spacey will have to attend his January 7 arraignment.

An attorney for Mr Spacey, Juliane Balliro, had argued his presence would only, "heighten prejudicial media interest in the case" and increase the risk of contaminating the jury pool even though he did not plead guilty to felony and indecent assault and battery.

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Prosecutors have asked the judge to deny Spacey's request.

The allegation that Spacey assaulted the Boston teenager at a Nantucket bar is just one of many cases against the "House of Cards" actor, including a September case from an anonymous massage therapist alleging that Spacey had forcibly touched his genitals during a session and offered to perform oral sex on him.

Unruh told reporters that her son didn't report the assault at the time because he was embarrassed and scared. His Christmas Eve video, in which he resurrected his House of Cards monster Frank Underwood, was widely seen as weird.

Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp came forward past year with allegations the Netflix star made unwanted sexual advances against him as a teenager.

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