Actor Kevin Spacey caught speeding

Actor Kevin Spacey at the Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts on Monday.
Actor Kevin Spacey at the Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts on Monday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Maybe Kevin Spacey was in a hurry to avoid being followed by the paparazzi.

On Monday, he was pulled over by the police for speeding near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport near Washington, DC - on the way home from his sexual assault hearing.

According to People magazine, Spacey, 59, who was in the driver's seat, was not issued with a ticket, but received a warning instead.

Earlier in the day, Reuters reported that the actor had appeared before a Massachusetts judge over a case stemming from an alleged 2016 incident involving an 18-year-old busboy on Nantucket Island.

The latter had told police that Spacey had bought him several rounds of beer and whiskey and said: "Let's get drunk."

The busboy said he was groped as they stood next to a piano.

Spacey did not enter a plea at the hearing, but a not-guilty one was automatically put in on his behalf in accordance with Massachusetts law.

His lawyer said police reports showed that the busboy had exchanged numerous text messages and Snapchat videos with his then-girlfriend about his interactions with Spacey at the Club Car bar - but never mentioned the alleged assault.

Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2019, with the headline 'Actor Kevin Spacey caught speeding'. Print Edition | Subscribe