Kevin Spacey to appear in court today charged with sex attack on 18-year-old waiter he ‘groped in a bar’

The Hollywood actor, 59, is accused of molesting the 18-year-old waiter in a bar in millionaires' playground Nantucket in 2016.

Spacey has said he will plead not guilty when he answers a charge of felony indecent assault and battery today at Nantucket District Court, Massachussets.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

A judge has previously denied Spacey's bid to avoid appearing in court. He argued his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated" by the case.

It is the first criminal case brought against the Oscar-winner since a string of other allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in 2017.

In November that year former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh accused Spacey of sexually assaulting her son, then 18, in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket where he worked clearing tables.

She alleged that Spacey got her son drunk and then grabbed his genitals. She said her son fled the restaurant when Spacey went to the bathroom.

Court documents claim Spacey unzipped the alleged victim's trousers and groped him.

The actor's lawyer, Alan Jackson, has sought to poke holes in the case, noting that the teenager did not report the assault until after the publicity surrounding other allegations.

Spacey – who was ditched from Netflix drama House Of Cards – released a bizarre video in voice of his axed character Frank Underwood after the charge was announced last month.

He said: "I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn't do.

“You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you? You wouldn’t rush to judgments without facts, would you?”

Spacey has also faced other complaints of inappropriate behaviour, including by around 20 people he worked with while artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre from 2004 to 2015.

Spacey is currently the subject of six Scotland Yard sexual assault investigations into alleged incidents in London and Gloucester.

His first public accuser, US actor Anthony Rapp, said Spacey climbed on top of him on a bed when he was 14 and Spacey 26.

Spacey said he did not remember such an encounter but apologised if the allegations were true.

Yesterday we reported Spacey is plotting his Hollywood comeback and is still getting offers despite the pending trial.

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