Prosecutors drop groping case against Kevin Spacey

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping a young man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016.

The Cape and Islands district attorney said Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year.

Spacey was accused of getting an 18-year-old man drunk and then groping him at a Nantucket restaurant and bar where the teen worked as a busboy.

Spacey denied the allegations.

The case was hobbled after Spacey's accuser invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify about text messages the defense claims were deleted.

The accuser had been ordered to testify about a cellphone he used the night of the alleged assault. He was supposed to turn it over to the defense but said it was missing.

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Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Actor Kevin Spacey departs from district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Mass., after he was arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Kevin Spacey llega al Tribunal de Distrito de Nantucket , Massachusetts, para responder a un cargo de abuso sexual, el lunes 7 de enero del 2019. El actor ganador de dos premios Oscar enfrenta un cargo penal por presuntamente haber manoseado a un adolescente en un bar de la isla en 2016. De ser hallado culpable podría pasar hasta cinco años en prisión. (AP Foto/Steven Senne)
NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 7: Actor Kevin Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court following his arraignment on a felony count of indecent assault and battery in Nantucket, MA on Jan. 7, 2019. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 7: Actor Kevin Spacey is seen through a window as he walks towards the courtroom in the Nantucket District Courthouse in Nantucket, MA for his arraignment on a felony count of indecent assault and battery on Jan. 7, 2019. (Photo by Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 7: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at Nantucket District Court for his arraignment on a felony count of indecent assault and battery in Nantucket, MA on Jan. 7, 2019. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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