Kevin Spacey Makes First Public Appearance With Bizarre Poetry Reading
Kevin Spacey made his first public appearance in two years just weeks after prosecutors dropped a criminal case against the actor in Massachusetts.
Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old busboy in Nantucket in 2016 but the case collapsed after the accuser failed to testify.
The actor has now resurfaced at the National Roman Museum in Italy to perform a poem about a broken-down boxer by Gabriele Tinti to 50 and "surprised museum-goers" the Daily Beast reported.
“The more you're wounded the greater you are,” Spacey reportedly read from the poem.
“I shook the country, made the arenas vibrate, tore my opponents to shreds,” Spacey read. “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.”
Tinti, who was present for the performance, reportedly did not write the poem for Spacey but contacted the actor to propose a recital because of his "sensitivity and deep love of art", CNN reports.
In 2017, the 'House of Cards' actor was accused by more than a dozen people of sexual misconduct, including 'Star Trek: Discovery' actor Anthony Rapp.
The actor then responded to Rapp's allegations by saying he was "beyond horrified" before going on to use the statement to come out "as a gay man".
The recent public appearance in Rome echoes a video Spacey posted to YouTube on Christmas Eve last year in which he channelled his 'House of Cards' character, Frank Underwood.
“I know what you want,” Spacey said in the clip.
“Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us—but what we have is too strong, is too powerful. . . I shocked you with my honesty, but mostly, I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t. So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says. And besides, I know what you want. You want me back.”
Spacey was dropped by Netflix from 'House of Cards' in 2017 following the allegations and the series went on without the actor for a sixth season and finale season.
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