2 New Sets of Sex Misconduct Comments Draw Fire

McKellen says women used to offer sex for roles; Damon says focus on guys who aren't predators
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2017 9:35 AM CST

Ian McKellen has jumped into the conversation on sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and he has much to say about the "madness." Except the madness he referred to in a recent talk at Oxford Union comes courtesy of the women he learned of early in his career who'd seemingly do anything for a role. Per Deadline and HuffPost, McKellen notes actresses would send pics of themselves inscribed with the initials "DRR" to a local theater director. "Directors' rights respected," McKellen explained. "In other words, 'If you give me a job, you can have sex with me.' That was commonplace from people who proposed that they should be a victim." He said he fears some may be "wrongly accused" in the #MeToo movement, though he adds, "People must be called out" and "I just assume nothing but good can come out of these revelations." McKellen, who is gay, also spoke on Kevin Spacey.

He says the way Spacey came out was "reprehensible because it linked alleged underage sex with a declaration of sexuality." Meanwhile, just days after Matt Damon was blasted by Minnie Driver for being "tone deaf" on the subject of sexual misconduct, the actor is once again being excoriated online. Damon spoke with Business Insider and lamented that people aren't talking more about men who don't engage in sexual misconduct. "We're in this watershed moment, and it's great, but I think one thing that's not being talked about is there are a whole s---load of guys—the preponderance of men I've worked with—who don't do this kind of thing," he noted. When asked if he'd ever back out of a project tied to someone accused of sexual misconduct, he said he'd have to take those situations on a "case-by-case basis." Reaction, among others: a petition calling for "Matt Damon to shut up." (More sexual misconduct stories.)

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