Much like his character Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects, it looks like Kevin Spacey beat the law (at least in this case). Except instead of hobbling away with a fake limp, Kevin’s probably skipping around with a big, creepy smile on his face. Because as expected, the case was dismissed due to the accuser’s refusal to testify further.
In November 2017, former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh held a press conference and alleged that Kevin Spacey had groped her then-18 year old son while he was working as a busboy at The Club Car Restaurant in Nantucket in 2016. In December 2018, Kevin was formally charged with felony sexual assault. Kevin pleaded not guilty, and the case went into pre-trial hearings beginning last month. According to the accuser, Kevin allegedly put his hands down the front of the accuser’s pants, and pressured him to come back to Kevin’s hotel room. The accuser reportedly texted friends and his girlfriend about the alleged encounter, and at one time, it was rumored that the accuser had recorded the alleged assault on Snapchat.
Both those last two pieces of information are important, because it’s what brought down the case. During pre-trial hearings, it was requested that the accuser’s phone be used as evidence. But the accuser and his parents couldn’t locate the phone. It was also revealed that the accuser’s mother, Heather Unruh, had deleted certain text messages. She claims it was to protect her son, and that the texts had nothing to do with the case. Kevin’s lawyer argued that text messages might have been deliberately deleted to cover up that Kevin’s “flirting” was consensual.
When pressed further about the phone, the accuser reportedly plead The Fifth, which is funny on Chappelle’s Show, but not as amusing when you’re trying to prove Kevin Spacey needs to keep his hands to himself. TMZ says that the official reason given for dismissal was: “Due to the unavailability of the complaining witness.” Sources say that the choice to have the case dismissed was instigated by prosecutors.
Kevin’s lawyers also got their hands on some of the alleged deleted text messages, which included an alleged text from the accuser that read:
“Grabb[ed his] leg and shit…grabbed [his] dick like 8 times…pulled [his] zipper down” as well as “Check Snap…I’m gonna get the pic…I got the autographs and a hell of a story.”
When asked about the texts, the accuser allegedly pled the fifth, which means things couldn’t really go any further. An attorney for the accuser released a statement to The New York Daily News after the dismissal was announced, saying:
“My client and his family have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances.”
The whereabouts of that phone is still missing. It’s too bad they never thought to put Kevin Spacey on the case. That phone is under 21 years old and smells like a teen boy. It probably wouldn’t have taken him that long. “My hands are tingling…I must be close.”