Ian McKellen issues apology over remarks about Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer 2 years ago

Ian McKellen issues apology over remarks about Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer

'I deeply regret my careless remarks'

Ian McKellen has apologised after he appeared to suggest that Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer allegedly abused other people because they were not comfortable with their own sexuality.

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During a live recording of the #QueerAF podcast for National Student Pride 2019 recently, the actor gave his insights on what he felt led to their accused behaviour.

“Most of them were in the closet. Hence, all their problems as people and their relationship with other people,” McKellen said. “If they had been able to be open about themselves and their desires, they wouldn’t have started abusing people in the way they’ve been accused.”

McKellen has since issued an apology for the remarks he made earlier this week.

In a statement, McKellen said: “As part of an extended podcast recently, I suggested that if closeted people were instead open about their sexuality they wouldn’t abuse others. That, of course, is wrong.

“My intention was to encourage the LGBT audience I was addressing, to be proud and open about their sexuality. In doing so, my point was clumsily expressed.

“I would never, ever trivialise or condone abuse of any kind. I deeply regret my careless remarks and apologise unreservedly for any distress I caused.

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“When it comes to abuse by people in positions of power, the correct response is clear.

“The accusers must be heard and the accused given the opportunity to clear their names. If the accusations prove credible, the abuser’s access to power should be removed.”

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