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Attacked actor Kevin Spacey receives a lifetime achievement in Italy -Newzflash

Two weeks after a New York jury sided with Kevin Spacey in a sexual abuse lawsuit, an Italian film museum announced Thursday that the actor would receive a lifetime achievement award and teach a master class there early next year.

Enzo Ghigo, president of the National Museum of Cinema in the northern city of Turin, said the class and award for Spacey’s contribution to the growth of cinema would take place on January 16, 2023. The event is also set to include a screening of a Spacey film , although Ghigo didn’t say which one. “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 said.

Past winners of the Stella della Mole award include actresses Isabella Rossellini and Monica Bellucci and director Dario Argento.

On October 21, a federal jury in a New York civil case found that Spacey, 63, did not sexually abuse Anthony Rapp when both were relatively unknown Broadway actors in 1986 and Rapp was 14 years old. Jurors deliberated for a little more than an hour before deciding that Rapp, now 50, had not proven his allegations.

Rapp’s #MeToo-era allegations and those of others derailed Spacey’s soaring career. The two-time Oscar-winning actor lost his lead role in the Netflix series House of Cards and saw other opportunities dry up.

Rapp is a regular on TV’s Star Trek: Discovery and was part of the original Broadway cast of Rent.

Spacey was previously accused in Massachusetts of groping a man at a bar – allegations that were later dropped by prosecutors. Three months ago, he pleaded not guilty in London to charges of sexually assaulting three men between 2004 and 2015 when he was artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London.

A Los Angeles judge this summer upheld an arbitrator’s decision to order Spacey to pay $30.9 million to the creators of House of Cards for violating his contract by sexually harassing crew members.

Spacey filmed his latest film, director Franco Nero’s The Man Who Drawn God, in Turin.

“Now, among all the cities of the world, he chose Turin for a master class. He could not give us a better gift than this,” said Domenico De Gaetano, the director of the National Museum of Cinema, to say in the press release.

Gaeteno plans to interview Spacey about his career at the event in January.



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