Kevin Spacey is set to appear in court over a felony charge of sexual assault, at the beginning of next year.
And it has been reported the House Of Cards actor is looking to avoid personally appearing at his upcoming arraignment, on 7 January.
According to court documents obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, the 59-year-olds lawyers have filed a motion asking the judge to excuse his presence.
However, the publication states Michael K. Giardino, Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney, has argued his appearance is required, under rules for criminal case procedure.
Spacey faces one count of indecent assault and battery after a then 18-year-old claimed he got him drunk at the Club Car Restaurant, in Nantucket, before assaulting him.
The alleged incident is said to have lasted three minutes back in 2016, with documents obtained by DailyMail.com stating the Oscar winner unzipped the mans fly, stuck his hands in his pants and began to rub his penis.
It was claimed the alleged victim told others of the incident at the time, but reportedly cited his embarrassment having been sexually assaulted by a famous person.
Spacey could reportedly face five years in prison if convicted, however his lawyers have argued the allegations were made by a drunk sycophant who has no proof of any inappropriate contact.
He had previously been accused by multiple people of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault.
Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp came forward last year with allegations the Netflix star made unwanted sexual advances against him as a teenager.
Earlier this month, Spacey appeared to break his silence on the allegations, releasing a bizarre YouTube video in the guise of his former House of Cards alter-ego Frank Underwood – who was killed off amid the real-life claims,
He could be seen telling the camera: You trusted me even though you knew you shouldnt. So were not done, no matter what anyone says, and I know what you want. You want me back.
Of course, some believed everything and have been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all, theyre just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and that I got what I deserved.
Wouldnt that be easy, if it was all so simple?
He added: But you wouldnt rush to judgments without facts would you? Did you?
Metro.co.uk has contacted Kevins lawyers for a comment.
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