Gabriel Byrne Claims ‘The Usual Suspects’ was Shut Down Over Kevin Spacey Allegations

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Production was halted on 1995 movie The Usual Suspects after Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior, according to his co-star Gabriel Byrne.

Shortly after producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women in October (17), Rent actor Anthony Rapp came forward, claiming the American Beauty star had made sexual advances to him when he was only 14 in 1986, and others have gone public with their own allegations about Spacey since.

Byrne has now claimed in an interview with the Sunday Times that production on the crime film shut down for two days, and he later discovered it was because his co-star was accused of sexually inappropriate behavior towards a younger actor.

Kevin Spacey in Gramercy Pictures' 'The Usual Suspects' Staff/Syndicated by: Gramercy Pictures

“I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence,” the Irish actor said. “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.”

Spacey went on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role of Roger ‘Verbal’ Kint, one which would change the course of his career, alongside other 1995 movie Se7en.

After Rapp came forward with this story, Spacey posted an apology in which he also came out as gay, something which proved controversial. At the start of November, he began seeking “evaluation and treatment” and since been pictured at The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona.

He has since been dropped from Netflix TV series House of Cards and his scenes were removed from Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie All the Money in the World in which he stars as billionaire American industrialist Jean Paul Getty. He was replaced by Christopher Plummer.