In the first criminal case brought against actor Kevin Spacey in connection with sexual misconduct allegations that began surfacing in 2017, the AP reports that Spacey’s legal team entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Monday in Nantucket, Mass.
The case involves allegations that Spacey groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016. Spacey appeared in court along with his lawyers.
“The disgraced actor was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court,” the AP reports. “The judge set another hearing for March 4. Spacey does not have to appear, the judge ruled, but said he needs to be available by phone.”
The judge also ordered that Spacey stay away from his accuser and his accuser’s family.
“The judge granted a request by Spacey’s lawyers to preserve the victim’s cellphone data from the six months following the alleged assault. Spacey’s attorney Alan Jackson said there is data that is ‘likely exculpatory’ for Spacey,” the story reports.