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Dame Judi Dench has spoken out in defence of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey, branding him a 'good friend', several months after a number of men stepped forward to accuse him of sexually harassing and assaulting them.
Speaking at a press conference in Spain while promoting her latest movie Red Joan on Tuesday afternoon, the 83-year-old actress also went on to slam bosses for replacing him with Christopher Plummer in the 2017 film All The Money In The World.
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The screen star, who is currently attending the San Sebastian International Film Festival, bucked the recent Hollywood trend as she spoke fondly of the disgraced 59-year-old actor while addressing a room filled with journalists.
Recalling the time after her husband Michael Williams' 2001 death, she said: 'I went to do The Shipping News with Kevin Spacey, and Kevin was an inestimable comfort and never mentioned he knew I was in a bad way. He cheered me up and kept me going.'
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According to film industry publication Variety, she then went on to attack film bosses for removing the actor from all of his previously-shot scenes in All The Money In The World, and replacing him with Plummer in a matter of weeks.
'I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact that — whatever he has done — that you then start to cut him out of the films,' she said. 'Are we to do what happened when he was replaced with Christopher Plummer? Are we to do that throughout history?
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'Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offence, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know...'
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