Judi Dench says Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein films should still be respected

Anthony Harvey/Getty ImagesJudi Dench is pictured above with Kevin Spacey in 2015.
  • Judi Dench defended the films of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the Radio Times this week.
  • The 84-year-old actress did not refute the sexual misconduct allegations against the two men, but said she was in “agony” that their work would be forgotten.
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Judi Dench defended the work produced by her fellow actor Kevin Spacey and producer Harvey Weinstein, two of the biggest figures to fall in the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with the Radio Times, The Guardian reported, the 84-year-old actress did not say she doesn’t believe the sexual misconduct allegations lodged against the pair, but said she was in “agony” that many have begun to shun their work.

“What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at The Old Vic [theatre] and everything that [Spacey] did [as artistic director] – how wonderful he’s been in all those films?” Dench asked.

Judi dench harvey weinsteinSylvain Gaboury/GettyJudi Dench is pictured with Harvey Weinstein in 2005.

“Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny somebody a talent,” Dench reportedly told the Radio Times of Weinstein. Dench won the Academy Award for Best-Supporting Actress in 1998 for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the Weinstein-produced film “Shakespeare in Love.”

She added: “You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noel Coward.”

Dench credited Weinstein for much of her success and said Spacey was there for her when her husband Michael Williams died in 2001.

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Dench was one of the first actresses to speak out against Weinstein after the allegations surfaced

She was among the first actresses to denounce Weinstein when a slew of women came forward in 2017 to accuse him of sexual misconduct, saying she was “horrified” by his behaviour. Weinstein was subsequently removed from the board of his own company and indicted on sexual assault charges. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the trial is set to start this September.

Just days after The New York Times and New Yorker reports detailing Weinstein’s alleged abuse were published in October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp told BuzzFeed News that Spacey tried to assault him in 1986, when the elder actor was 26 and Rapp was just 14.

Spacey denied the accusation, but more than a dozen people have since accused him of sexual assault, including an 18-year-old man who said the actor groped him at a Massachusetts bar. He is also pleading not guilty to that case.

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