Ian McKellen: Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer Committed Alleged Abuse Because They Were Closeted

PEOPLE.com | 3/1/2019 | Staff
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Ian McKellen has taken a controversial stance regarding the sexual assault allegations leveled against Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer.

During a recent live recording of the #QueerAF podcast, the 79-year-old actor was asked to share his thoughts on the #MeToo movement, with the interviewer specifically mentioning Spacey and Singer, both of whom McKellen has worked with in the past.

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“With the couple of names you mentioned of people I worked with, both of them were in the closet,” the openly gay actor said. “Hence all their problems as people and their relationship with other people. If they had been able to be open about themselves and their desires, they wouldn’t have started abusing people in the way they’re being accused.”

Spacey, who previously served as the artistic director at London’s Old Vic theatre, came out as gay in October of last year, after Anthony Rapp accused the actor of making inappropriate sexual advances toward him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.

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Many organizations and people have spoken out to condemn the conflation of gay sexuality and pedophilia, including McKellen himself, who previously criticized Spacey for coming out as gay in his statement about the accusations, calling it “reprehensible because it linked alleged underage sex with a declaration of sexuality.”

Singer, who directed McKellen in two X-Men films and 1998’s Apt Pupil, came out as bisexual in 2014, shortly before aspiring model and actor Michael Egan filed a civil suit against the director, claiming he forced him into sex during parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s. The suit was ultimately dropped.

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Without prompting, McKellen went on to share that he didn’t necessarily believe that everyone who has had allegations made against them “should be forced to stop working.”

“That’s debatable,” he said. “I think that’s rather up to the public. Do you want...
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