A judge has denied actor Kevin Spacey‘s request to skip his arraignment in the hopes of avoiding negative publicity after being charged for allegedly groping the son of a news anchor in a bar.
According to The Boston Globe, the judge denied Spacey’s request, and the arraignment is still set for January 7th in Nantucket District Court.
Earlier Monday, Spacey had filed an affidavit requesting, “that this court excuse my physical presence at the arraignment as I reside out-of-state and believe that my presence will amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case.”
He also announced, “I wish to enter a plea of not guilty.”
In Massachusetts, defendants are required to appear in-person, unless waived by a judge. Since the judge has made it clear the actor must show up, it looks like the former star of “House of Cards” will be at court next Monday.
Hopefully, he doesn’t wear the Santa apron.