Embattled Actor Kevin Spacey To Receive Achievement Award In Italy

ROME (AP) — Two weeks after a New York jury sided with Kevin Spacey in a sexual abuse lawsuit, an Italian movie museum introduced Thursday that the actor would obtain a lifetime achievement award and train a grasp class there early subsequent yr.

Enzo Ghigo, president of the Nationwide Museum of Cinema within the northern metropolis of Turin, mentioned the category and the award honoring Spacey’s contribution to the expansion of cinema would happen on Jan. 16, 2023. The occasion additionally is ready to incorporate a screening of a Spacey movie, although Ghigo didn’t say which.

“We are honored that such a prestigious guest as Kevin Spacey chose Turin and our museum for this long-awaited return to an event with an audience,” he mentioned.

Earlier winners of the Stella della Mole Award embrace actors Isabella Rossellini and Monica Bellucci, and director Dario Argento.

On Oct. 21, a federal jury in a New York civil case discovered that Spacey, 63, didn’t sexually abuse Anthony Rapp when each had been comparatively unknown Broadway actors in 1986 and Rapp was 14 years outdated. The jurors deliberated a little bit greater than an hour earlier than deciding that Rapp, now 50, hadn’t confirmed his allegations.

Spacey, middle, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courtroom Home on Oct. 20 in New York. A movie museum in Italy’s metropolis of Turin mentioned Thursday, Nov. 3 that Spacey will obtain a lifetime achievement award and train a grasp class there early subsequent yr.

AP Photograph/Andres Kudacki, File

Rapp’s #MeToo-era allegations, and people of others, derailed Spacey’s hovering profession. The 2-time Academy Award successful actor misplaced his starring function on the Netflix collection “House of Cards” and noticed different alternatives dry up.

Rapp is an everyday on TV’s “Star Trek: Discovery” and was a part of the unique Broadway forged of “Rent.”

Spacey beforehand confronted prices in Massachusetts that he groped a person at a bar — allegations that had been later dropped by prosecutors. Three months in the past, he pleaded not responsible in London to prices he sexually assaulted three males between 2004 and 2015 when he was the creative director on the Outdated Vic theater in London.

A choose in Los Angeles this summer season accredited an arbitrator’s resolution to order Spacey to pay $30.9 million to the makers of “House of Cards” for violating his contract by sexually harassing crew members.

Spacey filmed his most up-to-date film, director Franco Nero’s “The Man Who Drew God,” in Turin.

“Now, among all of the cities of the world, he chose Turin for a master class. He couldn’t give us a better present than this,” Domenico De Gaetano, the director of the Nationwide Museum of Cinema, was quoted as saying within the information launch.

Gaeteno plans to interview Spacey about his profession on the January occasion.