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Kevin Spaceys accuser takes the stand to deny deleting key text messages

The former busboy accusing Kevin Spacey of groping him testified for the first time Monday — denying..

By Sunday Herald Team , in US Politics , at July 8, 2019

The former busboy accusing Kevin Spacey of groping him testified for the first time Monday — denying that he deleted messages from a now-lost phone that the stars legal team maintains could prove his innocence.

The accuser, who was 18 when he claims Spacey assaulted him, took the stand in Nantucket District Court — but avoided coming face-to-face with the “House of Cards” star, who kept away from court.

Wearing a pink shirt, blue blazer and cream pants, the son of Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh appeared just days after dropping a civil suit against the actor, with his attorney blaming it on an “emotional rollercoaster.”

“He only wanted one rollercoaster at a time — the criminal case was it,” lawyer Mitchell Garabedian said of the accuser, now 21.

Spaceys legal team insists the phone is crucial to the actors case because messages could prove the accuser willingly went along with him when they met at Nantuckets Club Car in July 2016.

The stars attorney Alan Jackson said the accuser tried to delete messages that showed “evidence of potential consent” — some later found by police — while handing over damning ones, including ones to his then-girlfriend pleading, “Help me.”

“Deleting text messages before you give them to the police is a felony,” Jackson warned in one particularly heated exchange, adding that it was “punishable by state prison.”

The accuser admitted parts of conversations as well as images and videos were missing, but was vague on how or why.

“I have no knowledge of any deletions of messages on my phone,” he said, with Jackson calling it implausible because he is the “iPhone generation.”

Earlier, state police Trooper Gerald Donovan admitted Unruh openly admitted deleting things before they handed over the phone, with the mom telling him it was just embarrassing material not connected to the case.

“The data she said she had altered had to do with fratboy activities. I did believe her,” Donovan told the court.

“I didnt see anything that would raise concern that would be exculpatory for your client,” he told Jackson.

Judge Thomas Barrett had made Monda