>> Kevin Spacey entered a packed Nantucket courtroom Monday to face charges that he sexually assaulted an 18 year old male more than two years ago. The Oscar-winning actor did not verbally enter a plea in court but under Massachusetts law a not guilty plea was entered automatically on his behalf.
Reuters correspondent Nate Raymond was in the courtroom for Spacey's appearance.>> He stood by his lawyer for most of it until the judge gave him permission to sit down. The judge didn't ask him to enter any plea. He was released on condition that he just doesn't contact the alleged victim in the case.
>> Boston TV journalist Heather Unruh alleges that Spacey groped her teenage son in 2016 at a bar in Nantucket after buying him several rounds of drinks. The teen has told police that he sent his girlfriend a video of the incident. In court on Monday, Spacey's lawyer, Alan Jackson, requested that the accuser be required to preserve text messages from six months after the alleged incident.
>> This is data that we believe is, not only potentially exculpatory, but likely exculpatory for Mr. Spacey.>> Spacey has so far stayed silent about the allegations but released a cryptic YouTube video in December as his house of cards character.>> But you wouldn't believe the worst without evidence would you?
You wouldn't rush the judgments without facts, would you?>> Spacey's appearance in court came at what is normally a quiet time of year for Nantucket, a small resort island in Massachusetts.>> It was a ten minute hearing that people were in line for as early as 6 AM out in the cold.
It's big that he was forced to show up to face any sort of criminal case, I mean, this case was brought in the context of the MeToo movement. He is one of a handful of celebrities, like Harvey Weinstein, who have come to face any sort of sexual assault charges or in the wake of that.
>> Spacey could face up to five years in prison if convicted.