Ian McEllen apologized for saying that gay celebrities abused others because they were in closet

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Sir Ian McKellen has said he “deeply regrets” his recent comments on actor Kevin Spacey and filmmaker Bryan Singer. Both are gay and both faced numerous accusations of sexual assaults. Sir Ian suggested that it might be caused by Singer and Spacey being forced to hide their sexuality, but now he is backtracking. “I suggested that if closeted people were instead open about their sexuality they wouldn’t abuse others. That, of course, is wrong,” he wrote in a Twitter post on 2 March, adding that he was inspiring LGBT people to come out, but it was understood like he was seeking an excuse for people who commit assaults. Sir Ian apologized for the distress his words might have caused and emphasized once again that he believes assaults to be completely wrong and absolutely unacceptable I under any circumstances. He urged that after claims are made, “the accused [be] given an opportunity to clear their names.” However, “if the actions are proven credible, the abuser’s access to power should be removed.”

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