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Dame Judi Dench defends work by Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein

Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein been accused of making unwanted advances towards several people - but has now said the work they created should still be enjoyed.

FILE: Harvey Weinstein in New York City in June 2017. Picture: AFP

LONDON - Dame Judi Dench said people could not deny talent, as she slammed those who have boycotted work by Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations against them.

The 84-year-old actress has previously condemned the alleged behaviour of both Spacey and Weinstein - who have both been accused of making unwanted advances towards several people - but has now said the work they created should still be enjoyed.

Dench compared the situation to people still enjoying paintings by Caravaggio despite him being a murderer or still going to see a play by Noël Coward, who was accused of predatory behaviour.

Speaking to the Radio Times magazine, the Skyfall star said: "What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that [Spacey] did [as an artistic director] - how wonderful he's been in all those films? Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny somebody a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noël Coward."

Weinstein has been accused of misconduct by over 50 people, but he has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, whilst his production company has also been accused of failing to protect their employees.

Of those who have accused him of misconduct, victims have filed more than 15 lawsuits, which are accusing Weinstein or his production company of misconduct, whilst Weinstein himself faced criminal charges including rape and performing a forcible sex act.

Spacey was first accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp, who claimed he acted inappropriately toward him when he was just 14 and has since faced allegations from several other men, some of whom claim to have been harassed by the actor whilst he was working as an artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre.

Meanwhile, Dench previously said that she felt torn by the allegations against her friends, as whilst she wanted to defend those she was close to, she was appalled by the accusations.

She said: "It's very hard when a lot of people concerned are great friends of yours. I feel loyal to them and at the same time I feel appalled by what has happened to a lot of young actresses who had no way of getting out."

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