Actor Kevin Spacey is facing a charge of sexual assault from an alleged incident in July 2016.
Cape and Islands, Massachusetts district attorney Michael O’Keefe announced the charge on Monday (24 December), according to the Boston Globe.
O’Keefe stated Spacey would be ‘arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court’ on 7 January.
The alleged incident happened to journalist and TV news anchor Heather Unruh’s son. She first tweeted about it last October. The following month, she held a news conference speaking about the incident in more detail.
According to Unruh, in July 2016, her then-18-year-old son met Spacey at The Club Car in Nantucket. He reportedly told Spacey he was old enough to drink.
Unruh alleged Spacey then bought her son drinks until he was drunk. She claimed he then stuck his hand down her son’s pants and touched his genitals.
Her son reportedly tried to move away and fled from the bar when Spacey went to the restroom.
‘The victim, my son, was a star-struck, straight, 18-year-old young man who had no idea that the famous actor was an alleged sexual predator or that he was about to become his next victim,’ Unruh said at the news conference.
‘This was a criminal act.’
Frank Underwood’s response
Coinciding with the news of being charged, Spacey published a video on YouTube titled Let Me Be Frank.
In the bizarre, three-minute video, Spacey appears in-character as the lead role he played in Netflix’s House of Cards, Frank Underwood.
‘I know what you want,’ he begins. ‘Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful. I mean, after all, we shared everything, you and I. I told you my deepest, darkest secrets.’
He further goes on to say he ‘challenged’ people and they trusted him.
‘Some believed everything and I just waited with bated breath,’ he continues. ‘They’re just dying to have me declare everything said is true and that I got what I deserved.
‘You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you? Wouldn’t rush to judgment without facts, would you? Did you?’
He also says he won’t ‘pay the price’ for what he didn’t do.
Spacey then refers to what happened to his character in House of Cards following his departure — namely that the show killed off Frank Underwood.
‘My confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth. Wait a minute, now that I think of it, you never actually saw me die, did you?’
In July, Scotland Yard opened three new investigations into Spacey, bringing their total to six. Los Angeles also had a sex crimes investigation opened against the actor as well.