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Published On: Sat, Aug 3rd, 2019

Kevin Spacey makes first public appearance, reading Boxer poem next to statue in Roman Museum

Actor Kevin Spacey made his first public appearance since sexual misconduct charges against him were dropped, filming reading poetry at the National Roman Museum Friday.

Spacey, 60, appeared next to a bronze statue of a battered fighter while reciting Italian poet Gabriele Tinti’s “The Boxer.”

The poem is about a worn-out and lonely boxer, left bleeding at ringside, cast aside despite previous glory.

“They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment.”

“I shook the country, made the arenas vibrate, tore my opponents to shreds,” he continued. “I lit up the darkness, collected insults, compelled applause. Not everyone knew how to do this. None of you. On the other hand life is not frightening for those who have never taken a risk.”

Check out the video clip below.

Barbie Latza Nadeau, a correspondent for The Daily Beast who witnessed the performance, described it as “unapologetic.”

“But the poetry reading was as much a confession as a moment of acting, it seemed,” she wrote. “As his voice rang out in front of no more than 50 surprised museum goers and selected guests, it was clear that while he may have fallen from grace for the alleged sexual assaults he did not feel any apparent remorse.”

On Twitter, Tinti denied reports that the poem was written with Spacey in mind. Rather, he said it was part of a project in which he writes poems as tributes to pieces of ancient art.

“What a wonderful night! Everyone was so happy to celebrate art, it was an honor to have Kevin Spacey reading my poems, Rome loves you!,” he tweeted.

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

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