A plea of not guilty was entered on Kevin Spacey’s behalf today. Under Massachusetts law, this happens automatically, and the defendant does not have to state it. The next hearing is set for March 4, and Spacey does not have to appear in court, but be reachable by phone.
The judge gave the same warning to Spacey that he gave to many other accused this morning: If you are charged with another crime while this matter is open, you can be held for 90 days without bail.
Prosecutors just asked for Spacey to stay away from the alleged victim named in the complaint.
“The commonwealth is requesting that Mr. Spacey be ordered to stay away and no contact with the named victim and his family.“
Judge Thomas Barrett appeared to grant the request.
“Certainly the court will impose those conditions.”
Spacey left the Nantucket courtroom following his appearance this morning. As he got into a car, reporters shouted questions at him.
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)