Sex fall­out kills ca­reer for Spacey

As­sault al­le­ga­tions rock­ing Hol­ly­wood be­yond dis­gust­ing, says Bryan Cranston.

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Ac­tor Bryan Cranston be­lieves Kevin Spacey’s ca­reer is over be­cause of al­le­ga­tions he sex­u­ally as­saulted more than a dozen men.

An­other ac­cuser has come for­ward to al­lege Spacey groped him, making him the 15th man to go pub­lic with as­sault al­le­ga­tions.

Break­ing Bad star Cranston says that while he thinks Spacey is “a phe­nom­e­nal ac­tor”, he’s “not a very good per­son”. “His ca­reer now I think is over,” Cranston told the BBC.

Ear­lier this week, Spacey’s scenes from an up­com­ing Ri­d­ley Scott film were re­moved six weeks be­fore it was due to be re­leased.

Spacey, 58, who was to por­tray bil­lion­aire oil ty­coon J. Paul Getty in All The Money In The World, will have his char­ac­ter’s scenes reshot — with 87-year-old Christo­pher Plum­mer as­sum­ing the role of Getty.

Net­flix, which pro­duced the hit show House of Cards star­ring Spacey, has cut ties with the ac­tor.

Cranston was asked about the rash of sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions that have been made in re­cent weeks against Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters, in­clud­ing film stu­dio head Har­vey We­in­stein, writer James Toback, pro­ducer Brett Rat­ner, and ac­tors Dustin Hoff­man, Ed West­wick, comedian Louis CK, Mr Sel­fridge Jeremy Piven and Steven Sea­gal.

“There's a disor­der among all those peo­ple who use their power, their place or their sta­tus in any in­dus­try to over­power some­one and force some­one to do some­thing that they don't want to do,” Cranston says.

“It's be­yond dis­gust­ing. It's al­most an­i­mal­is­tic.”

Cranston, 61, says the abuse and ha­rass­ment is “a form of bul­ly­ing. It's a form of con­trol. It's al­most al­ways [done to] young vul­ner­a­ble men and women who are start­ing their ca­reer”.

Cranston be­lieves the re­cent spate of sto­ries will have an over­all pos­i­tive ef­fect in the long-term.

“Women and men should not have to tol­er­ate mis­be­haviour just be­cause of their youth and in­ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The sil­ver lin­ing is we’re not ac­cept­ing be­hav­iour like that just be­cause it’s the way it’s al­ways been.”

So far, 15 men have al­leged that Spacey ei­ther ha­rassed, as­saulted, or at­tempted to rape them, ac­cord­ing to USA To­day. Five said the in­ci­dents took place when they were teenagers.

Mean­while, the fi­nan­cial fall­out to Louis CK’s ac­knowl­edge­ment of sex­ual mis­con­duct has be­gun, with FX Networks and FX Pro­duc­tions an­nounc­ing they will cut ties to the comedian, strip­ping his title as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and tak­ing away any com­pen­sa­tion for the four projects they were work­ing on.

The an­nounce­ment came hours af­ter CK said re­cent al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct are true and ex­pressed re­morse about us­ing his power “ir­re­spon­si­bly”.

— Dai­ly­Mail, AP

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Bryan Cranston, left, thinks Kevin Spacey is a phe­nom­e­nal ac­tor but not a very good per­son.

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