On Wednesday, the proceedings of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey were dropped by prosecutors. The move was taken after the alleged victim in the case refused to testify the case against the Hollywood star.

The 59-year-old Oscar winner was accused by William Little of groping him in a bar on the upscale resort island of Nantucket in July 2016. Because of the  “unavailability of the complaining witness,” Massachusetts prosecutors filed a formal notice of abandonment of an indecent assault and battery indictment.

Little claimed the incident took place when he was an 18-year-old busboy in the bar and restaurant and also claimed he took a video on his smartphone of the incident. But Little and his parents later said the phone has disappeared.

A police officer said that he returned the phone removing all the information but admitted he forsook to ask for a receipt upon its return. The family said they never received it.

Heather Unruh, mother of little said she had deleted some potentially embarrassing photos before handing the phone over, but said she had not erased anything related to the alleged assault.

However, Spacey has insisted that he is innocent and did not any such crime. Spacey has won Oscar for two times and is recognized for his supporting role in “The Usual Suspects” in 1996 and his lead role in “American Beauty” in 2000. This case was the first for which Spacey faced sexual assault charges. However, it was one of more than a dozen alleged incidents to emerge since 2017 in the wake of the #MeToo movement. 

His acting career has deeply affected by these charges. He was rejected from the cast of Netflix’s “House of Cards”. He was also dropped from a leading role in director Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” with Christopher Plummer brought in as a last-second replacement.

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