Italy’s National Museum of Cinema to honor Kevin Spacey

An Italian film museum on Thursday announced plans to honor Kevin Spacey with a lifetime achievement award. The announcement comes two weeks after a New York jury found the embattled actor in a sex abuse trial.

Spacey has been invited to attend a master class at the National Museum of Cinema in Turin, where he will be recognized for his contributions to film and television. After a speech in the auditorium of the Mole Antonelliana Tower in Turin, Spacey will introduce and screen one of his films to the audience.

The master class and conversation with Spacey will be led by Museum Director Domenico De Gaetano. The event, scheduled for Jan. 16, marks Spacey’s first public speech in five years.

“We are honored that a guest as distinguished as Kevin Spacey has chosen Turin and our museum for this long-awaited return to an audience-only event,” said Enzo Ghigo, the museum’s president, in a statement.

On October 20, a New York jury found that Spacey had not molested “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp when the former was 26 and the latter 14. Spacey denied the allegations of sexual abuse in court, and Rapp’s attorney accused the Oscar winner of lying under oath.

In response to the verdict, Spacey attorney Jennifer Keller said, “We are very grateful to the jury for seeing through these false allegations.”

In a statement released on Twitter, Rapp said: “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to hear my case before a jury and I thank the jury members for their service. This lawsuit has always been about standing up as part of a larger movement against all forms of sexual violence.”

After Rapp and others accused Spacey of sexual misconduct during the rise of activist Tarana Burke’s #MeToo movement, the A-lister fell out of Hollywood favor and lost his job on the popular Netflix series House of Cards.

The Emmy nominee also faced charges in Massachusetts – which prosecutors later dropped – and pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges in London. Over the summer, a Los Angeles judge ordered Spacey to pay the creators of House of Cards $30.9 million for violating his contract by molesting crew members on set.

“Next, Mr. Spacey will be proven innocent of everything he is accused of,” Keller said last month. “That none of the allegations are true.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Italy’s National Museum of Cinema to honor Kevin Spacey

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