Prosecutors drop sexual assault charge against actor Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors in Massachusetts on Wednesday dropped a sexual assault charge against actor Kevin Spacey, abruptly ending the case after Spacey’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment after learning he could face a felony charge if he deleted phone evidence.

Spacey, 59, was accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket restaurant three years ago. A Nantucket District Court judge said the loss of the accuser might make proceeding with the case impossible.

Michael O’Keefe, the Cape and Islands district attorney, wrote that his office was scrapping the prosecution “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness.”

Spacey had pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery after being charged in December.

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