Actor Kevin Spacey has appeared in court to face a charge of indecent assault and battery stemming from an allegation of groping in 2016.
A not-guilty plea was entered on the two-time Oscar winner’s behalf by his lawyers during the hearing in the US state of Massachusetts.
He is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old male after plying him with alcohol at a bar in Nantucket in 2016.
Assault claims against him have also surfaced in London and Los Angeles.
Mr. Spacey, 59, was mobbed by media as he arrived at the packed courtroom on the normally sleepy resort island of Nantucket on Monday after arriving by private jet.
The actor nodded when Judge Thomas Barrett told him he was not allowed to contact the alleged victim.
A lawyer for Spacey – whose legal name is Kevin S Fowler – had earlier asked the judge to allow the hearing to happen without the defendant present, but that request was refused.
He was released without having to pay bail after a 10-minute hearing.
The judge scheduled the next court date for 4 March.
If found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison.
The alleged incident occurred at The Club Car Restaurant in Nantucket.
Prosecutors announced on 24 December that Mr. Spacey would be charged with indecent assault and battery stemming from an incident at The Club Car Restaurant in Nantucket.
The alleged victim is the son of former Boston local television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the case last year.
She accused Mr. Spacey of buying her then 18-year-old son alcohol – the drinking age in Massachusetts is 21 – and then groping him.