- Actor Gabriel Byrne told The Sunday Times that production on “The Usual Suspects” was halted for two days after Kevin Spacey was accused of “inappropriate sexual behaviour.”
- Spacey has been accused of sexual harassment or assault by numerous men.
- Byrne compared Spacey to Harvey Weinstein in the interview, saying they shared “that element of absolute abuse of power.”
Production on the film “The Usual Suspects” was shut down for two days in 1995 after Kevin Spacey was accused of “inappropriate sexual behaviour,” according to actor Gabriel Byrne, who starred with Spacey in the Oscar-winning film.
“I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence,” Byrne recently told The Sunday Times. “I mean, he was kind of a joke in that people would say, ‘That’s Kevin,’ but nobody really understood the depth of his predation.”
“It was only years later that we began to understand that [filming] was closed down for a particular reason and that was because of inappropriate sexual behaviour by Spacey,” he continued.
Spacey would go on to win a best supporting actor Oscar for his role as Keyser Söze in the film.
Numerous men have accused Spacey of sexual harassment or assault since late October, after the actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of making a sexual advance toward him when he was 14.
Byrne, 67, went on to compare Spacey to Harvey Weinstein in the Sunday Times interview, saying that the two disgraced Hollywood men shared “that element of absolute abuse of power.”
Spacey was fired from the Netflix series “House of Cards” and dropped by his agency and publicist in November, following the wave of allegations made against him.
Representatives for Spacey were not immediately available for comment.
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