Byrne compared Spacey's behaviour to that of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.
Kevin Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct by costar Gabriel Byrne during the filming of 1995 thriller ‘The Usual Suspects’.
The Bryan Singer directed film allegedly halted production following Spacey’s behaviour. Byrne recently spoke to The Sunday Times about the incident: ” mean, he was kind of a joke in that people would say, ‘That’s Kevin,’ but nobody really understood the depth of his predations”.
“It was only years later that we began to understand that [filming] was closed down for a particular reason,” Byrne continued: “and that was because of inappropriate sexual behaviour by Spacey.”
Spacey has been the subject of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, assault and harassment over the past month or so. Following the claims, Spacey issued a statement, saying that he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”.
Byrne went on to compare Spacey to film mogul Harvey Weinstein, saying that they both possessed: “that element of absolute abuse of power”.
Speaking on the disgraced film producer, Byrne said: “I did three movies with Harvey Weinstein, and I knew he was a sleaze-bag. I knew he was a vile bully and I saw his bullying up close. I saw him be absolutely appalling, not just to women but to men as well. He had very little respect for any kind of human being. He wanted his stars around him”.
Last month, it was also announced that Spacey would be removed from Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, despite production already wrapping ahead of a scheduled December release date.
- For help, advice or more information regarding sexual assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN