A judge on has denied actor Kevin Spacey’s request to skip his upcoming arraignment.
Spacey faces a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016. According to The Boston Globe, a newly-released affidavit reveals that Spacey intends to plead not guilty to the charge.
“I would like to waive my right to be physically present at my arraignment. I am requesting that this court excuse my physical presence at the arraignment as I reside out-of-state and believe that my presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case. ... I wish to enter a plea of not guilty," Spacey wrote in the affidavit.
“This matter has already generated extraordinary interest from national and local print and television media outlets. The Defendant’s attendance at the arraignment will only serve to heighten prejudicial media interest in the case and will increase the risk of contamination of the pool of jurors available for the trial,” Spacey's attorney Juliane Balliro wrote.
The "House of Cards" actor faces a felony count of indecent assault and battery. If convicted he could face up to five years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.
He does not seem to be too bothered by it all. Following his weird Youtube video, he was snapped out wearing a hat which had the words "Retired Since 2017" emblazoned across the front.
Spacey will be arraigned on Jan. 7 in Nantucket District Court.