- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Production on the 1995 film “The Usual Suspects,” which fetched Kevin Spacey an Oscar for best supporting actor, was halted for two days over sexual misconduct claims against the actor, according to his Irish co-star Gabriel Byrne.

Mr. Byrne said he didn’t learn until later that the abrupt shutdown during filming was due to allegations that Mr. Spacey behaved inappropriately toward a younger actor.

“I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence,” Mr. Byrne told the UK’s 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 predations. 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 behavior by Spacey.”

Mr. Byrne called Mr. Spacey a bully and compared him to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

“I did three movies with Harvey Weinstein, and I knew he was a sleazebag,” he said. “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.”

More than a dozen men have accused Mr. Spacey of sexual misconduct and assault since “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp accused the actor of making an unwanted sexual advance toward him when he was 14. Netflix and Media Rights Capital have severed ties with Mr. Spacey, announcing Monday that production for the sixth and final season of “House of Cards” would resume without him.

Mr. Spacey’s agent did not respond to the Sunday Times’ requests for a response to Mr. Byrne’s claims.

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