Prosecutors dropped a sexual assault case Wednesday against Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey after the alleged victim refused to testify about a missing cellphone.
Spacey was charged last year for indecent assault and battery over accusations he groped an 18-year-old man in 2016 at a Nantucket bar where the teen worked as a busboy.
Spacey denied the allegations brought forward by the man’s mother, former Boston television anchor Heather Unruh, who claimed the Hollywood star got her son drunk at a bar and then stuck his hands down her son’s pants and grabbed his genitals.
The prosecution’s case collapsed after the man invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination when questioned about a cellphone he said he lost. The defense argued the phone would provide evidence of Spacey’s innocence.