Court documents obtained by TMZ showed that the 59-year-old's lawyers filed a motion asking the judge to excuse his presence; Spacey said his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with the case".
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.
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Cape and Islands Assistant District Attorney Michael Giardino opposed the request, reports the Associated Press, writing that Spacey's appearance is required under state rules for criminal case procedure.
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The complainant's mother, former TV news anchor Heather Unruh, said in a 2017 news conference that Spacey had bought her son "drink after drink after drink" and had "made his move" when the boy was drunk.
Spacey was sacked from the show in 2017 after a number of sexual assault and misconduct claims surfaced against him.
Unruh told reporters that her son didn't report the assault at the time because he was embarrassed and scared. On the day he was charged, the actor released a freakish video on his social media accounts in which he revived his deceased House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, to deliver a pre-prepared monologue protesting his innocence.