Kevin Spacey’s lawyers returning to court in bar groping case

Actor Kevin Spacey departs from district court after arraignment on a charge of indecent assault and battery in Nantucket on Jan. 7, 2019. –The Associated Press

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A judge will consider motions filed by lawyers for Kevin Spacey, who’s charged with groping an 18-year-old man on Nantucket in 2016.

The Oscar-winning former “House of Cards” actor won’t be present for Thursday’s hearing at Nantucket District Court.

Spacey’s attorneys have been seeking to preserve phone and electronic records between the man — who says Spacey unzipped his pants and fondled him — and the man’s girlfriend at the time. The assault allegedly occurred at a restaurant on the island off Cape Cod where the young man worked as a busboy.

Spacey pleaded not guilty in January to felony indecent assault and battery. His lawyers have called the accusations “patently false.”

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It’s the first criminal case brought against Spacey after several sexual misconduct allegations crippled his career in 2017.

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