Kevin Spacey's Sexual Assault Case Dismissed

The case was reportedly tossed "due to the unavailability of the complaining witness."

Kevin Spacey

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Kevin Spacey

Sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey have reportedly been dismissed.

According to TMZ, a Massachusetts judge tossed out Spacey's case "due to the unavailability of the complaining witness." The 59-year-old actor was facing criminal charges of indecent assault and battery in connection to a July 2016 incident, in which he allegedly groped a then-18-year-old. 

Many suspected the charges would be dropped after the accuser refused to testify at a pre-trial hearing earlier this month. The alleged victim invoked his Fifth Amendment right, and did not answer questions about his missing cellphone that allegedly contained text messages that proved Spacey's innocence. The accuser dropped his civil suit against Spacey less than two weeks ago.

The man claimed he was working at Nantucket's Club Car bar when the alleged assault took place. Spacey was accused of buying the teen alcoholic drinks before sticking his hands down the teen's pants and grabbing his genitals. Spacey denied the allegations, which were first made public in 2017, and pleaded not guilty to the charges back in January.

The accuser's attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, released the following statement to USA Today: "My client and his family have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances."

Spacey remains under investigation for other alleged sexual assaults that took place in Los Angeles and England. The Oscar-winner was fired from the House of Cards shortly after the misconduct allegations surfaced. He was also removed from the Ridley Scott-directed film All the Money in the World.

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