Kevin Spacey film pulled from AFI film festival amid sexual misconduct allegations
(LOS ANGELES) — One of Kevin Spacey’s upcoming projects has been pulled from the American Film Institute film festival, Sony confirmed Monday.
All the Money in the World, a thriller starring Spacey, Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, will open wide as planned on December 22, the studio added.
The festival, which takes place in Los Angeles, is set to begin on Nov. 9 and runs through the 16th.
“All the Money in the World is a superb film and more than worthy of its place of honor in the AFI Fest. But given the current allegations surrounding one of its actors and out of respect for those impacted, it would be inappropriate to celebrate at a gala at this difficult time,” said TriStar Pictures, a division of Sony. “However, a film is not the work of one person. There are over 800 other actors, writers, artists, craftspeople and crew who worked tirelessly and ethically on this film, some for years, including one of cinema’s master directors. It would be a gross injustice to punish all of them for the wrongdoings of one supporting actor in the film.”
Added AFI Fest in its own statement: “AFI Fest celebrates film as a collaborative art form. We support Sony’s decision to postpone the premiere in order to ensure the thousands of people who worked together on this film are honored at a proper time and in a proper light.”
Spacey has been accused of groping actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14 and Richard Dreyfuss’ son, Harry, among others.
After the allegation surfaced, Netflix and Media Rights Capital, the companies behind Spacey’s show, House of Cards, announced that production on the series had been suspended. On Friday, Netflix stated that it had severed ties with the actor.
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