Domain Registration

Kevin Spacey accuser appears for first time in public at hearing about his missing cellphone

  • July 08, 2019


A lawyer for Kevin Spacey is accusing prosecutors of withholding information that could help the actor’s case. Attorney Alan Jackson accused prosecutors of falsely denying they had access to information about the accuser’s cellphone. (June 3)

NANTUCKET, Mass. — The criminal groping case against Kevin Spacey was back in court here on Monday for a pretrial hearing on a missing cellphone believed critical to both sides, which has not been found according to the lawyer for the accuser, who appeared in public for the first time in the case.

Spacey, facing a felony indecent assault charge, was not required to be there; his legal team, led by Los Angeles defense attorney Alan Jackson, was there.

Present at the hearing for the first time in public: Spacey’s accuser, William Little, 21, and his family, who were ordered by Judge Thomas Barrett to be there to talk about what happened to his cellphone, missing for months.

The accuser sat in the front row of a packed courthouse gallery, flanked by his father, Nick Little, and his mother, former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh.

Taking the stand to answer questions, the accuser denied he deleted anything from his phone, a key allegation made by the defense and the rationale for Spacey’s demand he be granted access to the actual phone.

Dressed in a blue blazer, pink shirt and khaki pants, his face slightly red perhaps from a sunburn, the accuser said he texted with his then-girlfriend and to a group of seven friends on the night of the alleged assault, July 7, 2016. 

He acknowledged not reporting the alleged crime until a year and three months after the incident. He said he could not recall how many times he talked about the assault with his mother during that period, but said it would have been likely more than five. 

“I’m really not sure,” he said. “Like I said earlier, it was a long time ago.” He was composed throughout his testimony.

When he was asked by Jackson whether he “in any way” altered any of the text messages about the alleged assault prior to informing law enforcement about it, the accuser responded, “I provided what I had available to me” at the time.

He said a “half a screen shot” is missing from the screenshot texts from the phone but that he did not delete anything. 

Jackson said, “Text messages don’t just disappear from a phone.”

The accuser responded: “Unless there was some kind of error with the phone.” He added, “I have no knowledge of any deletions on my phone.”

Jackson asked him whether he’s aware that destroying evidence is a felony under Massachusetts law.

“I am now,” the accuser said.

Mitchell Garabedian, the accuser’s attorney, told the judge the cellphone has still not been located but that his team collected data from the accuser’s MacBook computer which has information from his phone on a thumb drive.

“Your honor, we could not locate the phone,” he said. “My clients do not recall ever receiving the phone.

“Are there any deletions on it? I don’t know,” Garabedian said. 

He said the defense is concerned about two videos, one of which he tracked down. He called that video “irrelevant to the case.” 

A prosecutor told the judge there was a report generated to the accuser’s family and the data was handed to Spacey’s legal team in December. He said there’s no protocol for turning back evidence – a point Spacey’s team rejected. 

“Of course, there’s a protocol that should be in place,” Jackson said. “And if there’s not one, we end up with a disaster like this.”

“Guess who loses because of this?” Jackson said. “That would be us because we are entitled to the phone.”

“At some point, the phone was turned back over to somebody,” Judge Barrett said.

Spacey faces a felony indecent assault charge that he groped Little, then an 18-year-old busboy in a bar on the Massachusetts resort island in July 2016.

The accuser’s cellphone, which he used to send texts and videos to his girlfriend and to friends during the alleged three-minute assault, could be used by either the prosecution as potential evidence bolstering the accuser’s story, or by the defense, which believes there are exculpatory texts on the phone that would exonerate him.

But the cellphone has somehow disappeared or been misplaced, and there is a dispute about who last had custody of it, the police or the accuser’s family.

According to court documents, the police say they gave the cellphone to the accuser’s father. Garabedian said they don’t remember that and failed to find the phone after looking for it. He said the family was trying to find backup copies of its contents.

State Police Trooper Gerald Donovan, who beginning in November 2017 investigated the sexual assault allegations after it was reported by the family, said that when he wanted to access information from the cellphone, Unruh, the accuser’s mother, provided it as well as a password to access it.

Jackson hammered this point, saying that it means Unruh had access to do what she pleased with the phone before it was given to law enforcement. 

“And she could delete things from the phone if she wanted,” Jackson said.

Donovan replied, “She could do anything she wanted.”

Donovan said the mother told him she deleted “frat boy activities” that were on the phone. Jackson asked why Donovan didn’t tell the family to not delete any material from the phone. 

“In retrospect, do you think that would have been a wise decision?” Jackson said. 

“Sitting here now? Sure,” Donovan said. 

Jackson asked Donovan if he thought Unruh would “fib a little bit” about the contents of the phone. 

“I didn’t think Heather Unruh would be lying to me, so yes, I did take her by her word.”

Jackson asked the accuser if his mother ever told him to “get rid of any (text messages)?”

“I don’t remember,”  he responded. 

Jackson asked it in a different way – whether he followed any instructions to delete any texts from his phone.

“Had she done that, I would have acted on my own free will, if that’s what you’re asking,” the accuser said.

Barrett ordered the hearing, already delayed once due to the missing phone, to discuss what happens next in the case if the cellphone is not found.

If there is no cellphone, a trial of Spacey then becomes more of a he said-he said case, because there is no video surveillance tape from the bar showing what happened, nor any other witnesses who have come forward to say they saw Spacey grope the accuser.

The case hit headlines in November 2017 after Unruh called a press conference in Boston with Garabedian to accuse Spacey of molesting her son on Nantucket.

It was more than a year after the encounter at the Nantucket bar but immediately after Spacey became one of the first Hollywood men to be caught up in the surge of #MeToo allegations by women and men against powerful entertainment figures. 

So far, this is the only criminal case pending against Spacey, although he remains under investigation in Los Angeles and in London. In May British police interviewed Spacey in the U.S. about six claims of sexual assault and assault against the former “House of Cards” star, who ran London’s Old Vic Theatre between 2004 and 2015.

After more than a year of inquiries by local and state police on Nantucket, Cape Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced that Spacey would be charged with one felony indecent assault charge. He was arraigned in January 2019.

Ever since, prosecutors and defense lawyers have been arguing at hearings and in court documents over discovery, leading to the current impasse over the cellphone matter.

Meanwhile, the accuser and his family first filed – and on Friday abruptly dropped – a civil suit against Spacey, seeking unspecified damages for “severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries” arising from the alleged assault at issue in the criminal case.

Garabedian said in court documents the decision to drop the suit was “voluntary” and permanent. He did not explain why it was dropped just a week after it was filed. 

Post to Facebook


A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.

Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie at the 2014 Oscars with a swarm of celebs including, from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyongío Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyongío and Angelina Jolie. Ellen DeGeneres, AP

  • epa06297780 (FILE) - US actor Kevin Spacey watches1 of 38
  • DATE TAKEN: 3/25/1896---Kevin Spacey holds his Oscar2 of 38
  • DATE TAKEN: 2/26/97--- Jewel and Kevin Spacey present3 of 38
  • DATE TAKEN: 1997--- Kevin Spacey in a scene LA Confidential4 of 38
  • FILE--Actor Kevin Spacey is shown in this July 22,1998,5 of 38
  • Kevin Spacey in the play The Iceman Cometh. --- DATE6 of 38
  • 6/7/99 -- New York, NY -- 1999 Tony Awards -- Jason7 of 38
  • Kevin Spacey in a scene from the film American Beauty.8 of 38
  • US actor Kevin Spacey arrives for the annual Oscar9 of 38
  • Actor Kevin Spacey holds up his Oscar for Best Performance10 of 38
  • 3/26/00 - Los Angeles - OSCARS - Best actor nominee11 of 38
  • Stars of the film Pay it Forward Helen Hunt, left,12 of 38
  • Actor John Stamos (R) introduces actor Kevin Spacey13 of 38
  • Kevin Spacey  in a scene fom the motion picture Beyond14 of 38
  • This photo provided by Barlow-Hartman Public Relations15 of 38
  • U.S. actors Kevin Spacey and Uma Thurman co host the16 of 38
  • US actor and Prince's Trust Ambassador Kevin Spacey17 of 38
  • WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Actor Kevin Spacey18 of 38
  • (Left to right) Kevin Spacey, Tim Griffin, George Clooney19 of 38
  • ORG XMIT: LSU103 U.S. actor Kevin Spacey, right, receives20 of 38
  • ORG XMIT: CADS138 Actress Heather Graham, left, and21 of 38
  • ORG XMIT: 105209230 LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28:22 of 38
  • ORG XMIT: GE107 In this photo made available on Wednesday,23 of 38
  • ORG XMIT: LON816 Kevin Spacey appears as Richard III,24 of 38
  • This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey in25 of 38
  • Actors Kevin Spacey, left, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus26 of 38
  • NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07:  Actors Allison Williams27 of 38
  • Actors Kevin Spacey, left, and Charlize Theron attend28 of 38
  • WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Actors Kevin29 of 38
  • Actor Kevin Spacey, left, performs with singers James30 of 38
  • This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors31 of 38
  • 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Kevin32 of 38
  • 1/11/15 3:42:55 PM -- Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A  -- Kevin33 of 38
  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Bill Clinton (L) and34 of 38
  • 1/30/16 6:29:18 PM --- SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS ---Los35 of 38
  • Jan 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Kevin Spacey (L)36 of 38
  • NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Host Kevin Spacey attends the37 of 38
  • Jun 11, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Kevin Spacey performs38 of 38

Article source:

Related News


Find best hotel offers