The people of Nantucket are very familiar with the rich and the famous who come to relax on the island.
It's a popular destination in the summer and celebrities can occasionally be glimpsed in the bars, restaurants and on the beach.
But locals don't expect to see them in the island's tiny courtroom.
It's part of Nantucket's town hall, and next to the courtroom is where motorists register their vehicles, and other civil and municipal business is dealt with.
But on Monday the corridors and the courtroom were packed with police, court officials, reporters and curious members of the public.
It was standing room only at the back. There is seating for around 80 people and the benches were full.
Standing next to me were three women who had taken the ferry from the Massachusetts mainland so they could a close up view of a Hollywood A-lister.
One of them worried about giving her name to the reporter for the Boston Globe because she hadn't told her boss why she wasn't in work.
Also next to me were two women who run a helpline for victims of sexual abuse.
They said that they were getting more calls as a result of abuse allegations against celebrities.
The celebrity in this case walked into the courtroom five minutes before his scheduled appearance.
Kevin Spacey squeezed past those of us crowding at the back of the room as he walked in alongside his lawyer.
He looked relaxed.
One onlooker thought he smirked, but to me he looked as he always does. He may not be comfortable with being in a courtroom, but he acted as if he did, and he is certainly used to people staring at him.
But this was his first appearance in such a public arena for more than a year since allegations against him first surfaced.
He was recently photographed outside his luxury Baltimore apartment wearing a baseball cap which pronounced he'd "Retired Since 2017". He bought the photographer a pizza and exchanged pleasantries.
He was fired from the cast of House of Cards and a role in the movie All The Money In The World was recast so his only acting role of late has been a three minute self-released video in which he reprised his role as President Frank Underwood, entitled Let Me Be Frank.
I've watched every episode of the House of Cards series so I guess that made me a fan.
But, like many on social media, I found his decision to release this video puzzling.
Sure, it was a way of pleading his innocence until proven guilty; filmed in a kitchen, proclaiming: "You wouldn't believe the worst without evidence would you?"
But reappearing in the role of an evil character who has committed every crime imaginable, including murder, seemed like an odd way of winning over public opinion.
And yet as I stood in the courtroom, I was reminded of the last time I was in court to see a world famous American celebrity face a criminal charge.
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It was Michael Jackson, who despite an avalanche of negative publicity, was eventually acquitted by a jury of sexual assault.
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