Actor Kevin Spacey surprised museum-goers in Rome, popping up for a reading of Italian poet Gabriele Tinti’s poem “The Boxer” by the ‘Boxer at Rest’ statue at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme museum on Friday evening.
Spacey’s career crashed in 2017 after he was accused by more than a dozen people of sexual misconduct and/or sexual assault. In July, prosecutors dropped a criminal case in which Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting a busboy in Nantucket. This marks his first public appearance since that judgement.
The poem deals with a bloodied fighter who rises against the odds and part of Tinti’s ongoing project composing poems inspired by ancient statues. He said he contacted Spacey about taking part.
The actor’s team reportedly alerted media that there would be a seemingly impromptu reading and promised certain outlets sit-down interviews – said interviews didn’t materialize. The Daily Beast was in attendance and described the performance as “unapologetic”.
This follows on from Spacey’s bizarre video at Christmas in which he channelled his “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood and urged viewers not to “rush to judgement”.