Audio recording of Kevin Spacey court hearing provides insight on actor's defense

The "House of Cards" actor is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016, allegations that Spacey's attorneys say he "absolutely denies."
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Transcript for Audio recording of Kevin Spacey court hearing provides insight on actor's defense
I know what you want. You want me back. Reporter: Kevin spacey closing out 2018 in dramatic, if not bizarre, fashion. Oh, sure, they may have tried to separate us. But what we have is too strong, it's too powerful. Reporter: After nearly a year of silence following accusations of sexual misconduct, spacey putting himself center stage on social media in a video entitled "Let me be frank." You're just trying to have me declare everything I said was true and I got what I deserved. Reporter: The actor appearing to channel his famous character from "House of cards," frank Underwood. Netflix says it had nothing to do with the video which spacey released on Christmas eve, racking up millions of views. I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do. Reporter: The video appeared the same day a Massachusetts court issued criminal charges against him for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man back in 2016. Here's the interesting thing to note about this case. Clearly the state feels they have enough evidence to proceed. Just because they feel that they have enough to issue and file a criminal complaint doesn't necessarily mean that Kevin spacey will be found guilty. Reporter: A two-time Oscar winner, golden globe winner, multiple Emmy nominee, spacey occupied rarefied air in the hierarchy of who's who in Hollywood. Known as an actor's actor. Not much was public about his private life. His discussions were traditionally about the work and nothing else. He was a guy who would take his mother to the academy awards. He didn't add to understanding of his personal life by design, clearly. Reporter: It started to crumble in the fall of 2017 with multiple accusatios of sexual misconduct. By November the accusations surfaced. The accuser's mother speaking out in a tearful press conference last year. Shame on you for what you did to my son. Reporter: But now in new audio recordings, ABC news obtained from a hearing last week, spacey's lawyers pressed weaknesses about the allegations. You ask Did he walk away, correct? Correct. You indicated he did not walk away? That's correct. The audio was a recording of spacey's defense attorneys outlining some of their strategy for how they plan to defend him. Reporter: The accuser alleges the actor bought him multiple drinks at the bar. Spacey's defense attorney is heard pointing out what he says are inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story, such as the clothing he wore, and even lying about his age. He indicated that he was 23 years old, correct? That's correct. Was that a correct or incorrect or false statement? That was an incorrect statement. Reporter: Questions about a Snapchat video which the accuser claims captures spacey groping him. The video shows is a person's hand make contact with the shirt, correct? Yes. Okay. Not any body part? Correct, you don't see any body parts. The video is very brief, it's only about a second long. And the defense attorneys described it as showing someone's hand touching a person's shirt, not touching them in any way which was inappropriate. It really doesn't matter whether or not he's found guilty or not guilty. The really important thing is that he's being forced to answer for something. And I think that this is just the beginning of a new chapter in the "Me too" movement. You are -- Reporter: It's been a year of reckoning and division. The "Me too" movement at the heart of a bitter national flash point. 2018 began with solidarity among Hollywood's biggest stars. Wearing black at the golden globes. A fashion statement protesting the power structure that allegedly allowed sexual misconduct to fester for decades. The poster child for that system, Harvey Weinstein. The movie mogul handcuffed and humiliated in may. Mr. Weinstein has vehemently denied any of the allegations which suggest he engaged in nonconsensual sexual activity. Reporter: Back in January, I sat down with one of Weinstein's first accusers, rose Mcgowan. I thought he was a wart hog from hell. He was terrifying looking. Reporter: As a result of investigations by "The New York Times" and "The new Yorker," including accounts from Mcgowan, Weinstein lost his studio and his status within Hollywood. What does justice look like to you? Bars. This man should be behind bars. For the rest of his life. Reporter: While the criminal case against Weinstein continues, elsewhere some women are seeing justice served after decades. Bill Cosby, once beloved as America's dad, now disgraced. Icon Bill Cosby is now a convicted sex offender. Reporter: His sentence, three to ten years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting Andrea constand in 2004. It was a resounding victory for the more than 60 women who accused the legendary comedian of sexual misconduct. Today this jury has shown that women are worthy of being believed. Reporter: Dr. Larry Nassar is also finally paying a price. His sentence, 40 to 175 years in prison. After the former doctor for team usa gymnastics and Michigan state pled guilty to sexually assaulting young gymnasts over several decades, more than 200 athletes in all. May you never hurt or abuse another person again. You are pure evil. I can't even put into words how much I Hate you. Reporter: Among them members of the fierce five, including Simone Biles, Aly raisman, gabby Douglas, Mckayla Maroney. We may suffer alone, but we survive together. Reporter: At the espys this year, raisman led a group of more than 100 athletes who say they suffered under the care of Nassar as the group received the Arthur ashe courage award. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar. Reporter: Institutions also being held accountable. Usa gymnastics recently filed for bankruptcy. Michigan state paid $500 million to settle lawsuits brought by the victims. You wouldn't belie the worst without evidence, would you? Reporter: For spacey the next step will likely be into a Massachusetts courtroom, facing charges of sexual assault, including one felony. We still haven't heard directly from spacey or his lawyers. So far more than 30 people have accused the actor of sexual misconduct, and he faces additional investigations in los Angeles and London. I would put Kevin's case in the category of the Harvey Weinstein is, the bill cosbys. Kind of the worst of the worst. And the hardest to ever recover from.

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