Kevin Spacey steps into Rome with a copy of Prince Harry’s book

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Kevin Spacey kept a low profile as he stepped out in Rome, Italy, on Thursday.

The 63-year-old actor carried a copy of Prince Harry’s recently released controversial memoir Spare in his hand as he climbed into a car to take him to the airport.

His outing comes ahead of a sexual assault trial in June, but he strongly denies the criminal charges brought against him, which will be heard in London.

Outing: Kevin Spacey kept a low profile as he stepped out in Rome, Italy, on Thursday with a copy of Prince Harry’s book Spare

He wore a smart navy coat over a dark red sweater and gray T-shirt and was outfitted with a casual baseball cap.

The House of Cards star wore thin-rimmed glasses and displayed some facial hair.

In addition to some literature for the plane, he also had his passport in an orange pouch and his plane ticket with him.

Chilled: He wore a smart navy jacket over a dark red sweater and gray T-shirt and was outfitted with a casual baseball cap

Chilled: He wore a smart navy jacket over a dark red sweater and gray T-shirt and was outfitted with a casual baseball cap

It comes after Kevin thanked Italy’s National Film Museum for having “the balls” to host him when he accepted the Stella della Mole (Lifetime Achievement) Award.

The Oscar winner said he felt “really blessed and grateful” to be honored at Monday’s ceremony.

He dressed in a tuxedo and gave a masterclass while being celebrated for his contribution to the growth of cinema – a decision that has proved controversial in the country.

Kevin – who saw a series of allegations against him in the wake of the #MeToo movement – also introduced a screening of his 1999 film American Beauty.

Wow!  It comes after Kevin thanked Italy's National Film Museum for having 'the balls' to host him when he accepted the Stella della Mole (Lifetime Achievement) Award

Wow! It comes after Kevin thanked Italy’s National Film Museum for having ‘the balls’ to host him when he accepted the Stella della Mole (Lifetime Achievement) Award

He told the audience, “The first performance I ever did was in my high school drama class. It was a little five minute scene we had to make, with no words.

“But we could have music. I was 11 years old. And I decided to do a western scene so I could play a cowboy. Well, a bank robber. The bad guy, of course.

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“I am so honored to be a part of the creative process with so many remarkable people. Filmmakers, artists and technicians with whom I have had the pleasure of working.

“Who wouldn’t find the perfect opportunity tonight to say, ‘Thank you!’ You don’t just honor me. You honor them all.

“I am truly blessed and thankful and humbled. And my heart is very full to the National Museum of Cinema tonight because they’ve had the le palle to invite me tonight.’

‘Le palle’ translates in England as ‘a few’ – used by Italians as ‘having the balls’. He then thanked his manager Evan Lowenstein for his loyalty.

Kevin added, “It’s almost impossible to tell you everything he’s done. The amount of guidance and wisdom he has brought into my life. He’s different from anyone else.

“Evan didn’t just stand next to me. He’s been in front of me when I’ve needed to be led and behind me when I’ve needed to be pushed.

Honored: The actor said he felt

Honored: The actor said he felt “really blessed and grateful” to be honored at Monday’s ceremony

“He’s a remarkable man and it’s been his ability to take whatever adversity we’ve faced and somehow get up and keep moving forward.

And that’s given me the strength to somehow get up and follow him. I am truly blessed to have you as my brother. The brother I never had, so thank you.”

The sold-out events were billed as Kevin’s first speaking engagements since the #MeToo-era allegations.

The actor – who filmed his most recent movie, director Franco Nero’s The Man Who Drew God, in Turin – seemed to be in good spirits, smiling happily as he put on an animated display during his time on stage.

The two-time Academy Award winner lost his starring role in the Netflix series House of Cards and saw other opportunities dry up after sexual assault allegations emerged in 2017.

In November 2022, when the award was announced, the museum’s president, Enzo Ghigo, said: ‘We are honored that such a prestigious guest as Kevin Spacey has chosen Turin and our museum for this long-awaited return to an event with an audience.

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‘Of all the cities in the world, he now chose Turin for a masterclass. He couldn’t give us a better gift than this’, says Domenico De Gaetano, the director of the national museum who will moderate the master class.

The decision to award Spacey the gong was met with widespread controversy, with the actor at the center of several sexual assault allegations.

Previous winners of the Stella della Mole Award include actors Isabella Rossellini and Monica Bellucci, and director Dario Argento.

Strange decision: He gave a master class while being celebrated for his contribution to the growth of cinema - a decision that has proved controversial in the country

Strange decision: He gave a master class while being celebrated for his contribution to the growth of cinema – a decision that has proved controversial in the country

Kevin’s acceptance of the award came as the Oscar winner spoke out, days after denying seven more sex offense charges against a man in a London court on Friday in the early 2000s.

The Hollywood outcast told the Italian news agency Ansa that he has tried to live each day as it comes, and that he has not “went to live in a cave.”

He said, “I live my life every day, I go to the restaurant, I meet people, I drive, I play tennis, I have always met people who are generous, sincere and compassionate.

“I didn’t hide, I didn’t live in a cave. What you see in the media is not real life, I’m not getting my public life back because I never left it.”

Among the allegations against the Hollywood star are sexual assault, touching clothes and forcing the complainant’s hand against his genitals over clothing.

Spacey faced charges at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, having previously denied five allegations relating to three other men now in their 30s and 40s.

The new charges include three charges of indecent assault, three charges of assault and one charge of inciting sexual activity without a person’s consent, on unspecified dates between 2001 and 2005.

Spacey, who appeared via video link at Southwark Crown Court in London, confirmed his identity and pleaded not guilty to all seven charges against him.

He now faces a total of 12 charges related to four men between 2001 and 2013.

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The two-time Academy Award winner, known for starring in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and House Of Cards, appeared at the Old Bailey last July to deny the five previous charges.

In suit and boots: Kevin dressed in a classic black tuxedo and red bow tie for the occasion in Turin

In suit and boots: Kevin dressed in a classic black tuxedo and red bow tie for the occasion in Turin

He pleaded not guilty to four charges of sexual assault and one charge of inciting penetrative sexual activity without a person’s consent.

The first two charges relate to the alleged assault of a man, now in his 40s, in London on March 20, 2005.

The second alleged victim, a man now in his 30s, claims he was sexually assaulted by Spacey in London on August 31, 2008.

Spacey also faces a serious sex offense charge for causing an individual to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent in relation to the second alleged victim.

He faces a fourth assault charge against the third accuser, now in his 30s, in Gloucestershire in April 2013.

Speaking of Spacey’s initial five charges, his attorney Patrick Gibbs, KC, said, “Mr. Spacey strongly denies any crime in this case.”

The actor has vowed to “establish his innocence.”

Spacey has been granted unconditional bail and will face a four-week trial on June 6 on all charges. A pre-trial review will take place on April 5.

The actor, who was the artistic director of The Old Vic from 2004 to 2015, won a civil suit in the US in October last year where he was charged with “unwelcome sexual advances” at a party in 1986.

In that lawsuit, Spacey “categorically” denied the allegations, saying he harbored “no sexual interest or desire” at the time or since the alleged incident.

On October 20 last year, a jury found Spacey not liable, with the New York court dismissing the assault charge against the actor.

Speaking up: The Hollywood outcast recently told the Italian news agency Ansa that he has tried to live each day as it comes, and that he has not

Speaking up: The Hollywood outcast recently told the Italian news agency Ansa that he has tried to live each day as it comes, and that he has not “went to live in a cave”

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