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Ian McKellen Weighs In On Sexual Misconduct Scandals By Saying Actresses Would Offer Sex For Roles In The '60s

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There's no business like show business… and that's not always a good thing.

Recently, Ian McKellen gave a talk at the Oxford Union in England where he opened up about the sexual misconduct scandals rocking Hollywood.

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According to quotes obtained by DailyMail.com, the Lord Of The Rings star remembers a time in the early '60s where, he says, actresses felt the need to sleep with directors in order to bag roles.

He recalls:

"I hope we're going through a period that will help to eradicate it altogether. But from my own experience, when I was starting acting in the early Sixties, the director of the theatre I was working at showed me some photographs he got from women who were wanting jobs… some of them had at the bottom of their photograph 'DRR' — directors' rights respected. 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. Madness. People have taken advantage of that and encouraged it and it absolutely will not do."'

While he believes victims should come forward with their stories, the British thespian also thinks some innocent individuals may be wrongfully accused as well.

"I assume nothing but good will come out of these revelations, even though some people get wrongly accused — there's that side of it as well."

Although McKellen has briefly worked with controversial actor Kevin Spacey when the House Of Cards star was artistic director at the Old Vic, Ian does not agree with how he came out as gay while addressing allegations made by Rent actor Anthony Rapp.

"The circumstances in which he chose to do it are reprehensible because it linked alleged underage sex with a declaration of sexuality."

Gandalf definitely has opinions…

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