Spacey reads poem about de­jected boxer at mu­seum

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Ac­tor Kevin Spacey read a poem about a wornout and de­jected boxer dur­ing an un­ex­pected per­for­mance at a Rome mu­seum Fri­day night, weeks af­ter a crim­i­nal sex­ual mis­con­duct case against him col­lapsed in Mas­sachusetts.

Spacey’s ap­pear­ance at the Na­tional Ro­man Mu­seum was not pub­licly an­nounced in ad­vance. The mu­seum had posted a cryptic no­tice on its web­site say­ing a two-time Os­car win­ner would be reading works by Ital­ian poet Gabriele Tinti dur­ing a rare evening event – but didn’t name the per­son.

Dur­ing the reading, Spacey stood next to an an­cient Greek bronze statue of a bat­tered fighter while recit­ing Tinti’s “The Boxer.” The poem is about a fighter left bleed­ing at ring­side, cast aside de­spite pre­vi­ous glory.

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