NEW YORK: US prosecutors dropped charges against actor Kevin Spacey in the sexual assault case. The case proceedings collapsed due to the accuser's refusal to testify against him.
William Little accused the Oscar winnings actor of groping him in a bar on the upscale resort island of Nantucket in July 2016.
Massachusetts prosecutors filed a formal notice of abandonment of an indecent assault and battery indictment as the complaining witness was not available.
The accuser chose to plead the fifth after it was revealed to him that a key piece of evidence may have been compromised.
The Fifth Amendment of the United States Consitution allows witnesses not to testify so as not to incriminate themselves.
He had told that he took a video of the incident which took place when he was an 18-year-old busboy in the restaurant.
Little and his parents confirmed that the phone had disappeared.
A police officer said he returned the phone after extracting all the information and Little's mother Heather Unruh admitted she had deleted some potentially embarrassing photos before handing over the phone.
She added that she did not remove anything regarding the incident.
Kevin Spacey faced a reckoning for his actions in the wake of the #MeToo movement in 2017 where he accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men.
Spacey came out as gay after actor Anthony Rapp accused of sexual misconduct against him when he was a kid. Spacey had said that his actions were ïnappropriate drunken behaviour" and came out as gay.
The gay community slammed him for coming out as it added fuel to the fire-related to homosexuals being stereotyped as paedophiles.
Multiple men came forward including Little. Spacey of accused of misconduct on the sets of 'House Of Cards', leading to the removal of his role.
He is known for his supporting role in "The Usual Suspects" in 1996 and his lead role in "American Beauty" in 2000.
Director Ridley Scott removed him from the lead role in "All the Money in the World," and reshot his scenes with Christopher Plummer.