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US NewsSex assault case against Kevin Spacey dropped

04:00  18 july  2019
04:00  18 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Prosecutors in Massachusetts on Wednesday dropped a sexual assault charge against the actor Kevin Spacey , bringing an abrupt close to one of the few criminal cases of the #MeToo era. Mr. Spacey , 59, had been accused of fondling an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket restaurant three years

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A Massachusetts prosecutor Wednesday asked for charges to be dropped against actor Kevin Spacey, who had been accused of groping the son of a former Boston television news anchor at a Nantucket bar three years ago.

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe cited the "unavailability of the complaining witness" in filing for dismissal in the Nantucket District Court.

The case against Spacey appeared to suffer a fatal blow last week when his accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment rights after being questioned about his role in the deleting of text messages from a phone key to the case.

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Prosecutors in Nantucket on Wednesday dropped a felony sexual assault charge against the actor Kevin Spacey , after watching their case against the actor slowly fall apart under scrutiny from Spacey 's defense team during months of contentious pre-trial hearings that unfolded in the resort

The case against Spacey appeared to suffer a fatal blow last week when his accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment rights after being questioned about his role in the deleting of text messages from a phone key to the case . Spacey 's defense had demanded to examine the accuser's cellphone that he had in

Sex assault case against Kevin Spacey dropped © Steven Senne Image: Kevin Spacey attends a pre-trial hearing in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Spacey's defense had demanded to examine the accuser's cellphone that he had in the early morning hours of July 8, 2016, when the alleged incident happened at the Club Car restaurant and bar in Nantucket.

On the witness stand, the accuser said he had not altered or deleted any potential evidence off that iPhone he had in 2016. But when Spacey's lawyer, Alan Jackson, reminded him it is a felony to alter evidence, the court took a break and then the young man told Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett — through a public defender assigned on the spot — he'd invoke his right against self-incrimination on the phone issue.

The young man and his family met with prosecutors Sunday and he decided not to waive his right to invoke the Fifth.

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Sex assault case against Kevin Spacey dropped

"The complaining witness was informed that if he chose to continue to invoke his Fifth Amendment right, the case would not be able to go forward," according to a statement issued by the prosecutors.

"After a further period of reflection privately with his lawyer, the complaining witness elected not to waive his right under the Fifth Amendment."

The accuser's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, said Wednesday, "My client and his family have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances."

Sex assault case against Kevin Spacey dropped © ASSOCIATED PRESS Actor Kevin Spacey, left, sits beside attorney Alan Jackson addressing the court in a pretrial hearing on Monday, June 3, 2019, at district court in Nantucket, Mass. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

In theory, prosecutors could have granted the accuser immunity for his testimony — but that would make a conviction virtually impossible with such a tainted witness.

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Prosecutors in Nantucket on Wednesday dropped a felony sexual assault charge against the actor Kevin Spacey , after watching their case against the actor slowly fall apart under scrutiny from Spacey 's defense team during months of contentious pre-trial hearings that unfolded in the resort

"A grant of immunity compromises the witness to a degree which, in a case where the credibility of the witness is paramount, makes the further prosecution untenable," according to prosecutors.

In court last week, Jackson said the case against his client was dead.

Sex assault case against Kevin Spacey dropped Heather Unruh (R) and her family leave the court house after a pre-trial hearing in the Kevin Spacey sexual assault case at Nantucket District Court in Nantucket, Massachusetts on July 8, 2019. - The allegation of sexual misconduct against the two-time Oscar winner was one of more than a dozen to emerge since 2017 -- in both the United States and Britain -- with devastating effect on his acting career. He was dropped from the cast of the popular "House of Cards" series and from a leading role in director Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World"; Christopher Plummer was brought in as a last-second replacement. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Images)

"This entire case is completely compromised. He is the sole witness," he said. "This case needs to be dismissed, and I believe it needs to be dismissed today."

The judge seemed to agree, but put the matter off so prosecutors could discuss their next move. He ordered both sides back to court July 31.

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