Actor Kevin Spacey read a poem about a worn-out and lonely boxer at a museum in Rome during his first appearance just weeks after a criminal sexual misconduct case against him collapsed.

Standing next to a bronze statue of a battered and beaten fighter at the National Roman Museum on Friday he recited Italian Poet Gabriele Tinti’s ‘The Boxer.’ Tinti’s poem paints a picture of a defeated boxer that has been cast aside bleeding.

Spacey read: ‘‘They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff. Life was over in a moment.’’ The Hollywood Reporter states that Tinti said in an email that the poem was “in no way” inspired by Spacey’s situation, but rather, the Boxer at Rest statue. “I chose Kevin Spacey because he is the best actor in the world.”

He continued “He immediately appreciated the courage and special nature of my proposal. The idea of giving voice to an ancient statuary, or giving new life to the finds, the fragments, that which remains of our past, struck a note with his sensitivity and deep love of art.”

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

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