When Judi Dench appeared at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain on Tuesday, she, surprisingly, spoke out in defense of the disgraced actor, Kevin Spacey, whom she calls her “good friend.”
More than a dozen people have accused Spacey of misconduct and sexual assault, ranging from harassment to assault. According to the actress, Kevin was an “inestimable comfort” for her when they worked together on a film following the death of her husband.
In a report from Variety, the star said “he cheered me up and kept me going,” in the midst of some of her darkest times. When reporters pressed her on the allegations against Kevin, Judi said she didn’t know all of the details.
The actress claimed she can’t prove if he is guilty of crimes and questioned whether it was appropriate to cut him out of films. As it was previously reported, All The Money In The World had Kevin Spacey in a leading role, when they replaced him at the last minute with Christopher Plummer.
Moreover, Judi spoke on the after-effect of erasing someone’s memory from the cultural collective. “Are we to do that throughout history?” the actress asked.
Dench questioned the principle, insinuating that if we, as a society, were to erase every controversial figure who committed wrong-doing, there would be no one left.
Regardless, she described him as a “wonderful actor,” and he is a “good friend.” In October of 2017, Anthony Rapp accused Kevin of assaulting him in 1986 when Kevin was 26 and he was 14-years-old.
Following the revelation, more people came out to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct. During his time at the Old Vic Theatre, approximately twenty people accused Kevin of misbehavior between the period of 1995 and 2013.