India, Aug. 6 -- Actor Kevin Spacey read a poem about a worn-out and dejected boxer during an unexpected performance at a museum in Rome, weeks after a criminal sexual misconduct case against him collapsed in Massachusetts, USA.

Spacey's appearance at the National Roman Museum was not publicly announced in advance. The museum had posted a cryptic notice on its website saying a two-time Oscar winner would be reading works by Italian poet Gabriele Tinti - but didn't name the person.

During the reading, Spacey stood next to an ancient Greek bronze statue of a battered fighter while reciting Tinti's The Boxer. The poem is about a fighter left bleeding at ringside, cast aside despite previous glory.

Anyone familiar with the downward course of...