Criminal Case Against Kevin Spacey Appears to Be Crumbling

The man who said actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him at a bar in 2016 pleaded the 5th in testimony on Monday. Now the defense is using this in a bid to get the case dismissed.

“In any criminal prosecution, the defendant has a right to cross examine his accuser. This is a devastating blow to the prosecution,” explained Law&Crime host and former prosecutor Bob Bianchi.

Monday’s hearing stemmed from the alleged victim’s refusal to turn over his cell phone so the defense can look at it for any evidence which might have been deleted. The alleged victim’s attorney Mitch Garabedian said on Monday that they still can’t find it, and that the alleged victim has gone through several cell phones since the incident.

The man, who claimed that he was an 18-year-old bus boy when Spacey got him drunk and fondled him, testified Monday. The cell phone is key because he said he texted his girlfriend at the time, and snapchatted video to prove it.

Another complication for the prosecution: the man’s mother, former TV anchor Heather Unruh, had allegedly been watching his testimony even though she was scheduled to testify after him.

Law&Crime Network host Aaron Keller told us that these developments are a big problem for the prosecution.

“It makes the case against him much, much more suspect,” he wrote. “That an accuser is now pleading the Fifth after having been asked whether he deleted messages between himself and Spacey makes him look like he’s hiding something. Also problematic are reports that the accuser’s mother watched him testify after having been sequestered from doing so.”

This isn’t to say that Unruh won’t testify. The judge could still decide she can take the stand, said Keller. Even so, the defense will likely be aggressive.

“The Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure give judges a broad latitude when it comes to sequestration orders,” wrote Keller. “The judge could still allow the mother to testify if called. If she does, then I expect cross examination to be harsh.”

[Image via Scott Eisen/Getty Images]

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