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    Embattled actor Spacey to receive achievement award in Italy

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

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

    “We are honoured 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.

    Previous winners of the Stella della Mole Award include actors 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 abuse Anthony Rapp when both were relatively unknown Broadway actors in 1986 and Rapp was 14 years old. The jurors deliberated a little more than an hour before deciding that Rapp, now 50, hadn’t proven his allegations.

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

    Rapp is a regular on TV’s Star Trek: Discovery.

    American actor Kevin Spacey leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Court House in New York. PHOTO: AP
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