This article about the pretrial hearing of Kevin Spacey’s trial was reported by CNN
Kevin Spacey‘s sex abuse case returned to a Massachusetts court Monday as his defense team worked to obtain cell phone records and other evidence from the actor’s accuser. The hearing, which Spacey did not attend, focused largely on procedural issues with the discovery of records in the case. Kevin Spacey’s defense is seeking credit card records, employment records and bookkeeping records from The Club Car, the Nantucket bar and restaurant. Kevin Spacey, 59, is accused of groping a busboy on a July 2016 evening at the bar.
The busboy, 18 at the time of the alleged assault, came forward to report Kevin Spacey more than a year later, telling police he did not want Spacey to victimize others, according to a criminal complaint. CNN does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault. A judge previously ruled that Spacey, who has pleaded not guilty to battery and indecent assault, did not have to attend the pretrial hearing, but he must be reachable by phone. During the hearing, the defense also asked for information on cell phones and records from the civil attorney representing the alleged victim and his mother.
According to the complaint, the busboy filmed part of the alleged groping on Snapchat and sent the video to his girlfriend. The busboy’s girlfriend told police the video showed “a hand touching the front of (the busboy’s) pants,” but defense attorneys have said the Snapchat video contains no evidence of assault. The defense also seeks documents and surveillance video from The Club Car. Though the then-owner of the restaurant disposed of the requested records, Spacey’s attorneys are asking for the identity of the former owner’s accountant to determine if the accountant has any pertinent documents.
The former House of Cards actor’s team also wants to obtain correspondence between civil attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented numerous victims of clergy sex abuse, and the busboy, the busboy’s family and police. “Evidence that (the victim) and his family members intend to pursue civil remedies against (Spacey) supports the defense’s position that the complaining witness in this case has a substantial financial motivation to falsify his claims,” the defense motion states.