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Ian McKellen on #MeToo: ‘I’m waiting for someone to accuse me of something’

Ian McKellen on #MeToo: ‘I’m waiting for someone to accuse me of something’

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Ian McKellen has said he’s ‘waiting for someone to accuse [him] of something’ when asked about the allegations made against Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer.

The veteran actor was interviewed by broadcaster Evan Davis on the #QueerAF podcast at the National Student Pride 2019 event held in London on 23 February. They discussed his lifetime achievements and relationship with the LGBTI community when the #MeToo movement was brought up.

McKellen said: ‘Well frankly, I’m waiting for someone to accuse me of something, and me wondering whether they’re not telling the truth and me having forgotten [points to his head] you know.

‘But with the couple of names you’ve mentioned, people I’ve worked with, both of them were in the closet. And hence all their problems as people and their relationships with other people, 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.

‘But there may be others for who that’s not a consideration’

‘Whether they should be forced to stop working, that’s debatable. I rather think that’s up to the public. Do you want to see someone who has been accused of something that you don’t approve of again?

‘If the answer’s no, then you won’t buy a ticket, you won’t turn on the television. But there may be others for who that’s not a consideration. And it’s difficult to be exactly black and white.’

Bryan Singer, who is a frequent director of the X-Men films where McKellen played villain Magneto, was accused by four men of sexual misconduct in The Atlantic’s investigative report. He’s denied all the allegations.

Kevin Spacey has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. He is about to face trial for the alleged sexual assault of the son of Boston news anchor, Heather Unruh’s, son Will. Spacey has also denied the allegations.

McKellen’s interview touched on other topics, including drugs, his coming out story, and how Margaret Thatcher’s Section 28 law turned him into an activist.

National Student Pride is held at Marleybone campus of Westminster University in London. It celebrates the LGBTI community in the student population.

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