BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Kevin Spacey are asking a judge to allow the actor to skip his arraignment on sexual assault charges in a Massachusetts courthouse next month.

The Boston Globe reports that Spacey’s attorneys have filed a motion asking to excuse his presence at a Jan. 7 hearing in Nantucket District Court. The reason wasn’t disclosed.

READ MORE: Police Searching Woods In Abington For Missing 5-Year-Old Elijah Lewis

Prosecutors asked the judge to deny the motion. The judge did not immediately rule.

Related: Police Say Video Shows Alleged Kevin Spacey Sex Assault

Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino wrote that Spacey’s appearance is required under state rules for criminal case procedure.

READ MORE: 'Plan For Alternatives': Toys May Be In Short Supply This Holiday Season

Kevin Spacey (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The 59-year-old Oscar winner is charged with felony indecent assault and battery.

Prosecutors say he groped an 18-year-old man in a Nantucket restaurant in 2016.

Spacey’s attorneys have not spoken publicly about the case but in a court hearing questioned the evidence.

MORE NEWS: Lauren Astley's Father Works With Wayland Students To Raise Awareness About Teen Dating Violence

(© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)