FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2017 file photo, Kevin Spacey presents the award for excellence in television at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Spacey has made his first public appearance since being accused of sexual assault, reading a poem about a worn-out boxer in a Rome museum. Standing next to a Greek bronze statue of a battered boxer in the National Roman Museum on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, Spacey dramatically intoned Italian poet Gabriele Tinti’s poem ‘’The Boxer,’’ about a fighter left bleeding at ringside, cast aside despite previous glory. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Kevin Spacey reads poem about dejected boxer at Rome museum

August 03, 2019 - 6:11 am

MILAN (AP) — Actor Kevin Spacey has read a poem about a worn-out and lonely boxer during an appearance at a Rome museum weeks after a criminal sexual misconduct case against him collapsed.

The two-time Oscar winner stood next to a bronze statue of a battered fighter at the National Roman Museum on Friday while reciting Italian poet Gabriele Tinti's "The Boxer."

Tinti's poem is about a fighter left bleeding at ringside, cast aside despite previous glory.

Spacey read: "They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment."

Prosecutors in Massachusetts last month dropped a case in which Spacey was accused of groping a young man at a bar in 2016.

He remains under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct in London and Los Angeles.