Christian Slater Won't Cop Plea in Grope Case

07/14/2005 at 03:00 PM EDT

Christian Slater Won't Cop Plea in Grope Case
Christian Slater
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Christian Slater turned down a plea deal in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday morning on charges he allegedly groped a woman.

Under the deal, Slater would have to perform three days of community service in exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree harassment.

Slater's attorney, Eric Franz (who is also representing Nestor Estrada, the Mercer Hotel employee who was on the receiving end of Russell Crowe's phone in early June), told Judge Richard Weinberg that the case "warrants dismissal." Slater, who did not speak during the hearing, will now have to return to court Sept. 19 when the judge rules on motions.

Slater is charged with sexual abuse and forcibly touching a woman's buttocks, both misdemeanors. If convicted, Slater could face up to a year in jail.

The 35-year-old actor was charged after he allegedly walked up behind a woman and grabbed her buttocks as she was buying a soda in a small grocery store on Manhattan's Upper East Side in the early morning of May 31.

Police said Slater and his girlfriend were arguing at a bodega on Manhattan's Upper East Side at 1:50 a.m. The alleged victim, who has not been identified, was in the same store. She flagged down police, who located Slater a short distance away, authorities said, according to the Associated Press.

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