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Gabriel Byrne says Kevin Spacey's "inappropriate sexual behavior" held up The Usual Suspects

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There’s entitlement, impunity, and privilege, and then there’s Kevin Spacey causing a production stoppage on a Bryan Singer movie thanks to his “inappropriate sexual behavior.” This perfect circle of shitty dudes acting out inappropriately in professional settings was revealed by Spacey’s The Usual Suspects co-star Gabriel Byrne, who says in a new interview with The Sunday Times that Spacey’s predatory habits were a punchline on the set of the 1995 thriller—“he was kind of a joke in that people would say, ‘That’s Kevin,’ but nobody really understood the depth of his predations,” Byrne says—but he never put together that it was Spacey’s behavior that caused a halt in production on the film until recently.

Speaking of the current moment, the events Byrne refers to in his interview occurred more than 20 years ago, after which Spacey continued preying on young men and Singer continued acting out on set (and, according to a since-dropped lawsuit filed in 2014, engaging in some predatory behavior of his own) for a couple decades before facing any sort of consequences. In case you need a refresher on what those are, Spacey was recently fired from House Of Cards and removed from Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual assault, and Singer was fired from the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody for not showing up to set.


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