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Audio recording of Kevin Spacey’s court hearing sheds light in Nantucket case

Two defense lawyers for Kevin Spacey failed last week to get a court clerk magistrate to rule there wasn’t enough evidence for him to be charged. –Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times/file 2017

An audio recording of a court hearing obtained by the Globe provides insight into how actor Kevin Spacey’s attorneys plan to defend him against claims he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016.

Two defense lawyers for Spacey failed last week to get a court clerk magistrate to rule there wasn’t enough evidence for him to be charged. They tried to rush Spacey’s arraignment, saying the Oscar winner was on the island and could make his initial court appearance that afternoon, Dec. 20.

But Nantucket District Court officials told the lawyers that no judge was available for an arraignment that day. Now Spacey, 59, is due to be arraigned on a felony count of indecent assault and battery on Jan. 7.

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