Young man who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault drops civil lawsuit

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A young man who accused Kevin Spacey of groping him at a resort bar in Nantucket in 2016 dropped his sexual assault lawsuit against the actor on Friday.

The Spacey accuser's attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who you may remember being portrayed in Spotlight, wrote in an email that the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed, but he didn't elaborate.

Garabedian declined to comment further on the dismissal, citing the pending criminal case prosecutors filed previous year against Spacey.

Actor Kevin Spacey, with his lawyer Alan Jackson at his side, is arraigned on a sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S., January 7, 2019.

Spacey has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge, which was filed in December.

The two-time Oscar victor pleaded not guilty to one count of felony indecent assault and battery at a hearing in January.

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The filing doesn't indicate whether a settlement has been reached, but it does not seek attorneys' costs and was filed "with prejudice" - which means the lawsuit can not be refiled.

The criminal case against Spacey will continue with a hearing scheduled for Monday. He did not explain the reason for dropping the suit.

Last week, legal experts told ABC News that it's not unprecedented to file a civil lawsuit in the middle of an ongoing criminal case.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe's office declined to comment on whether prosecutors had any role in the withdrawal of the civil suit or whether a settlement has been reached.

The sexual assault accusation was first brought forward in November 2017 by former Boston TV news anchor Heather Unruh when she publicly accused the actor of assaulting her then 18-year-old son at a bar in July 2016.

Nantucket District Court Judge Thomas Barrett has ordered the man to hand the phone over to the defense, but his attorney said they can not find it. The judge has ordered the accuser, his parents and Garabedian to attend a hearing on Monday if it can not be found.

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