Judi Dench Says It Was Wrong To Remove Kevin Spacey From Film

She calls the actor accused of sexual misconduct a "good friend."

Judi Dench
Judi Dench is coming to the defense of her friend, Kevin Spacey. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dame Judi Dench has criticized the removal of Kevin Spacey from All the Money in the World. Dench said it was wrong to remove her “good friend” Spacey, who she claims was an “inestimable comfort” when she worked with him on a film shortly after her husband’s death.

“I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact – whatever he has done – that you then start to cut him out of films,” she said at a film festival in Spain, according to BBC. 

Spacey has been accused by multiple men of sexual misconduct. Following these allegations, Sir Ridley Scott removed him from All the Money In the World and reshot Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer. Plummer went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his part in the film.

Dench, 83, suggested that the decision to remove Spacey set a troubling precedent, and asked if we are going to “go back throughout history now” and “exclude” anyone who misbehaved or broke a law or committed an offense from history.

Spacey was also removed form the Netflix series House of CardsDench has received mixed reviews for her comments.

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