Kevin Spacey reads poem about dejected boxer at Rome museum

Kevin Spacey makes first public appearance since sex assault allegations with pointed poetry reading

Prosecutors in MA last month dropped a case in which Spacey was accused of groping a young man at a bar in 2016.

Spacey read: "They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff".

Actor Kevin Spacey read a poem about a worn-out and dejected boxer during an unexpected performance at a Rome museum on Friday night, weeks after a criminal sexual misconduct case against him collapsed in MA.

The two-time Oscar victor stood next to a bronze statue of a battered fighter at the National Roman Museum on Friday while reciting Italian poet Gabriele Tinti's "The Boxer". Rather, he said it was part of a project in which he writes poems as tributes to pieces of ancient art. The smile on the face of the 150 attendants brightened up the cloudy day in Rome.

"What a brilliant performance of Kevin Spacey!".

In addition to the Nantucket case, two other investigations are underway in Los Angeles and London, where Spacey served as artistic director of the prestigious Old Vic theatre from 2004 to 2015. The actor, whose career nosedived in 2017 amid sexual-assault allegations, appeared at the National Roman Museum and read a poem about a wounded boxer who vowed never to give up.

Actor Anthony Rapp, in an interview with BuzzFeed, accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him in 1986 when he was 14 years old and Spacey was 26. In the same statement, he came out as a gay man, a decision sharply criticized for its seeming attempt to conflate his sexuality with a serious allegation of wrongdoing. It follows a viral video circulated earlier this year featuring Spacey cooking and in character as his House of Cards protagonist Frank Underwood, using his acting skills to ask the audience to consider a different side of his legal situation. "Wouldn't that be easy if it was all so simple?" he said.

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