Kevin Spacey spotted in public for the first time since 2017

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Actor Kevin Spacey has asked a MA judge to skip his arraignment in a Nantucket court next week on sexual assault charges.

Spacey had argued he should be excused from appearing because his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case".

At a probable cause hearing in Nantucket County Court on December 20, Spacey's attorney highlighted the purported incongruities in the accuser's story and went as far as to act out the alleged abuse, according to audio of the hearing, which was first published by the Boston Globe.

The actor's attorneys filed a motion on Friday requesting permission to excuse his attendance at the hearing scheduled for January 7 in Nantucket District Court, the Boston Globe reported.

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According to the allegations in Massachusetts, Spacey touched an 18-year-old man against his wishes in a sexual manner inside a Nantucket eatery in July 2016.

"All that can be heard of Spacey is him telling the photographer: ".not a big deal, I appreciate what you're doing" and "try to stay warm and have a happy new year".

As previously reported, Spacey will be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery related to a 2016 incident.

Prosecutors opposed the motion, calling on the judge to deny it, according to court documents obtained by the paper. Add Kevin Spacey as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Kevin Spacey news, video, and analysis from ABC News.