Bryan Cranston was asked about the chances that Spacey will be able to move forward in Hollywood in the future.
The Breaking Bad star was not shy in voicing his disgust of the tide that has emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in which men and women have described stories of sexual abuse from people in power.
"It's beyond disgusting. It's almost animalistic," he said. "It's 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. That sort of experience goes unchecked until something like this happens."
Kevin Spacey came out as a gay man following a sexual misconduct allegation made by Rent and Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Rapp, 46, said he was invited to Spacey's house for a party when he was 14 and Spacey later made drunk advances to him on the bed.
“He was trying to seduce me,” he remembered. “I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.”
“I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," Spacey later Tweeted. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years... This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Spacey was soundly critiqued for the statement.
"Coming-out stories should not be used to deflect from allegations of sexual assault," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, in a statement. "This is not a coming-out story about Kevin Spacey, but a story of survivorship by Anthony Rapp and all those who bravely speak out against unwanted sexual advances. The media and public should not gloss over that."
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