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.

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

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

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.

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  1. Larry L Flores says:

    Very interesting article “Kevin Spacey Asks To Skip Nantucket Court Appearance.” The laws & rules of Massachusetts only pertain to certain individuals, guess it’s who you know and who your related to. If Cape & Islands ADA Sweeney was assigned this case, then Spacey wouldn’t have to appear. Based on a previous criminal court hearing In the year 2012, ADA Sweeney didn’t object when a witness who was legally summonsed twice failed to appear, with no repercussions by the court. ADA Sweeney also didn’t object to the witness’s father, a former Massachusetts State Trooper appearing at the court hearing and speaking on her behalf. Maybe if Kevin Spacey’s father was a former Massachusetts State Trooper, he wouldn’t have to appear.

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