Judi Dench says it was wrong to remove her “good friend” Kevin Spacey from ‘All the Money in the World’

Allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against Spacey

Judi Dench has said it was wrong to remove her “good friend” Kevin Spacey from this year’s movie All the Money in the World.

The film had to undergo extensive reshoots in the weeks leading to its release after Spacey was replaced by Plummer at short notice following accusations of sexual misconduct, assault and harassment made against the House of Cards actor. Spacey issued a statement following the claims, saying that he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”.

Dench has now spoken out against Scott’s decision to replace Spacey in the movie, saying that his actions set a troubling precedent.

“Are we to go back throughout history now and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or has broken the law, or has committed some kind of offence, are they always going to be cut out?” she told reporters at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

“Are we going to exclude them from our history? I don’t know about any of the conditions of it, but nevertheless I think he is, and was, a most wonderful actor… and a good friend.”

Christopher Plummer replaced Spacey on the movie

She added that she “couldn’t imagine” what Spacey – with whom she worked on 2001 film The Shipping News – was doing now. Plummer was later nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his performance in the film.

Spacey was also written out of the final season of House of Cards, with the show now focusing on Robin Wright’s President Claire Underwood.

“We were co-workers, really. We never socialised out of work — [it was a] respectful, professional relationship,” Wright previously stated in an interview.

“Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and between set-ups, where we would giggle. I didn’t really — I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.”

Although Wright admits that the cast and crew were “saddened” by the allegations, they were insistent on soldiering on.