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Anthony Rapp Appreciates Response to Kevin Spacey Allegations; Gabriel Byrne Recalls Spacey's On-Set Misconduct
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6 Dec 2017 06:39 PM EST

-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Anthony Rapp (Image Source: vagueonthehow via Wikimedia Commons)

Anthony Rapp appreciates the response he's received since coming forward about Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct.

"I've been very surprised by it all," the 46-year-old actor told Entertainment Tonight on Monday. "I've been very gratified by the response I've gotten from so many people. I think all of this is an important step to dismantle the machinery that allowed this sort of thing to continue."

Rapp accused the House of Cards star of attempted sexual assault when Rapp was just 14 years old. Spacey was 26 at the time. Since the October allegations, Spacey came out as gay and has also faced other accusations of sexual misconduct. He was also fired from House of Cards.

Though he has faced some trolling Spacey's fans, Rapp says the general response has been positive. He also hopes that those affiliated with House of Cards don't face backlash due to the star's behavior.

"It was important to me that the ripple effects of everything that's gone on don't negatively affect too many people," he said. "So, I'm really happy that the people that work on House of Cards are continuing to get to do that work."

Since Rapp's confession, many people in Hollywood, including some members of the cast and crew of House of Cards, have also accused Spacey of sexual harassment or have come forward with stories related to his unprofessional behavior.

Gabriel Byrne recently reflected on his time starring alongside Spacey in 1995's The Usual Suspects, telling The Sunday Times that at one point, filming was shut down for two days. Byrne later learned that his co-star was accused of sexual misconduct toward a young actor.

"I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence," Byrne, 67, explained. "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."

Byrne also worked with Harvey Weinstein on three movies and said he heard "vague rumors" about him, as well, involving "doors being locked and women being compromised."

"I heard that once or twice from two very well known actresses," he said. "But the problem when you hear something like that is, do you pass that on? Because if it's not true it's awful, and if it is true it's not your job to say, 'Well, I wasn't there, the door was locked, I don't know what happened, I just heard the story.' But I did not know, and many people didn't know, the extent of the violence that he perpetrated on women."

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