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18:00 [18:00-20:00] Lecture de Kevin Spacey
00100 Roma
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Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
Largo di Villa Peretti, 2

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

For months he has kept out of the public eye, his former star status languishing under a cloud of notoriety following numerous allegations of sexual assault.

But now Kevin Spacey has broken cover, and in some style, to take part in a very pointed poetry reading about a wounded performer determined not to succumb to the blows he endures.

Spacey appeared in front of the Greek statue Boxer at Rest in Rome, to read Gabriele Tinti's poem The Boxer, about an exhausted fighter used for entertainment then left bleeding by the ringside.

The poem contains the lines: "They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment" and "The more you're wounded the greater you are. And the more empty you are. I have endured no end of sleepless nights. I have spent hours and hours sweating to destroy and fall".

Standing beside the Greek bronze cast of the ravaged fighter, which dates from around 316 BC, Spacey, dressed in a tobacco-coloured suit, intoned the poem to a startled audience at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

Lecture de Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey and the writer Gabriele Tinti at the reading of "The Boxer - La nostalgia del poeta" (The Boxer - The nostalgia of the poet) at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

This was the first time Spacey has performed in public since sexual misconduct charges from 2017 were dropped by a Massachusetts prosecutor, after William Little declined to testify against him at a pre-trial hearing.

Mr Little had initially accused the actor of groping him when he worked as a then 18-year-old busboy at the Club Car bar and restaurant in Nantucket in 2016.

Spacey denied the claims, but is still being investigated by officers from the Metropolitan Police over six allegations of sexual assault in the UK between 1996 and 2013.

The Hollywood star was voluntarily interviewed under caution by Met's Complex Case Team in May and Scotland Yard said on Saturday that "inquiries are ongoing."

Anthony Rapp, an actor, has also alleged he was 14 when Spacey, then 26, made a sexual advance to him in 1986.

Lecture de Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey, reading The Boxer at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome

Spacey, who was artistic director at London's The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015, said he did not remember the alleged encounter, but apologised for any "inappropriate drunken behaviour".

The theatre later found 20 people claimed they had been subjected to inappropriate behaviour from the actor.

The star was sacked from the Netflix show House Of Cards and Sir Ridley Scott erased him from his completed film All The Money In The World, recasting Christopher Plummer in the role at a cost of millions.

Spacey's reading initially took place in front of around 50 museum goers and selected guests. But by the time he had finished a bigger crowd had gathered outside, and he read the poem over again.

One observer, Rome-based writer Barbie Latza Nadeau, said: "He made eye contact with almost everyone in the first few rows of the standing crowd. It was as mesmerising as it was slightly terrifying. It was clear that while he may have fallen from grace for the alleged sexual assaults he did not feel any apparent remorse."

Spacey last year posted a bizarre video to YouTube, appearing in the guise of Frank Underwood, the Machiavellian US president he played in House Of Cards, saying: "I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn't do."

Tinti said it was "an honour" to have the actor read his poem, writing on Twitter: "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! A picture is worth a thousand words."

[18:00-23:00] Vernissage de Julian Storaï "Dualité"
Les Mots à la Bouche
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Sélection de portraits et autoportraits réalisés entre 2015 et 2019

A travers cette exposition, plutôt qu'une ode à la virilité, j'entends confronter l'homme à sa propre vulnérabilité.

Dans mes scènes, j'expose le sujet à nu, frêle, luttant contre lui-même, en lui-même.

Afin de mettre en lumière la beauté fébrile qui en émane.

Vernissage de Julian Storaï "Dualité"

[18:30-21:00] Finissage de l'exposition "La plasticité de l'être-là"
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Photographies de Rosa Gonzalez, Daniella Pavlovic et Antoine Chipriana

Finissage de l'exposition "La plasticité de l'être-là"

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