Date: July 08, 2019
“A man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a bar in 2016 took the stand during a Massachusetts court hearing Monday to explain why his cellphone is missing, but the strength of the case against the actor was called into question when the man later invoked his Fifth Amendment rights.
Spacey is accused of groping the then 18-year-old man in Nantucket in 2016. The actor has pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault and battery.
The hearing had been called because the accuser said he can’t find a cellphone wanted by the defense. Spacey’s lawyers say they need the phone to try to recover texts they claim were deleted and would help Spacey’s defense.
The accuser testified Monday that he “has no knowledge of any deletions of messages on my phone.” But after he stepped down, the accuser asserted his Fifth Amendment rights, meaning his testimony would be stricken from the record.
Spacey’s lawyer Alan Jackson said if the accuser intends to also invoke his right not to testify to be protected from self-incrimination at trial, that would “compromise” the entire case.
“He is the sole witness that can establish the circumstances of his allegation,” Jackson said.”
Thanks to Enochian for this find.