Bryan Cranston slams Kevin Spacey over sexual assault allegations
Two weeks ago, House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was outed as yet another perpetrator of sexual abuse within Hollywood.
At first, he stood accused of committing just one inappropriate act - coming on to an underage Anthony Rapp back in 1986 - to which he responded by offering a rather halfhearted apology on Twitter. "I honestly do not remember the encounter," wrote the 58-year-old actor, before going on to say: "I want to deal with this honestly and openly".
However, it quickly transpired that Spacey has not been open or honest about a lot of things, as a second accuser, Tony Montana, came forward within a matter of days. Following that, eight House of Cards employees revealed that they, too, had experienced some form of sexual aggression from Spacey, ranging from "inappropriate contact" to "predatory behavior".
A former assistant on the show said:
"All the crew members commented on his behavior. What gets me is we have to sign sexual harassment paperwork before the start of the show and apparently [Spacey] doesn't have to do anything and he gets away scott-free with this behavior."
Now, after a 15th person has gone public with assault allegations against Spacey, people are offering their thoughts on what this means for his career, and - to a larger extent - Hollywood culture in general.
Bryan Cranston, best known for his role as Walter White in Breaking Bad, was particularly direct with his opinion on the American Beauty star.
"He's a phenomenal actor, but he's not a very good person," Cranston said in an interview with Newsbeat. "His career now I think is over."
He went on to say that:
"There's a disorder among all those people who use their power, their place or their status in any industry to overpower someone and force someone to do something that they don't want to do. It's beyond disgusting. It's almost animalistic.
"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."
But Cranston is hopeful that what has happened with Spacey will bring about a more positive change for the future of Hollywood and other power hierarchies.
"That sort of experience goes unchecked until something like this happens," he said.
"The pillars of what was are falling. Everything is being exposed. Women and men should not have to tolerate misbehavior just because of their youth and inexperience.
"The silver lining is we’re not accepting behavior like that just because it’s the way it’s always been."
Spacey has already lost out on a major film role because of the allegations. His part as oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty in the film All the Money in the World is being completely re-shot with Christopher Plummer taking over the role.
Netflix have also distanced themselves from the disgraced Hollywood star, abandoning plans to make a documentary with him and cancelling House of Cards.
Since Tweeting his original apology back on October 30th, Spacey has offered no further comment on the allegations brought against him, nor has he taken accountability for his actions. It seems likely that Cranston's prediction will turn out to be correct - and so it should. Hollywood abuse has been allowed to go on for too long now, and those who perpetuate it should be brought to justice.