Actor Guy Pearce says he ‘regrets’ publicly calling Kevin Spacey ‘handsy’
Australian actor Guy Pearce has said he “regrets” publicly calling Kevin Spacey “handsy,” after implying that the disgraced star groped him when he worked with him on the 1997 film LA Confidential.
Pearce had spoken out about working with Spacey on Australian talk show Interview earlier this month.
Speaking to host Andrew Denton, Pearce was asked about his time working with Spacey.
“Yeah … yeah,” responded Pearce. “Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor; incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah.”
He then said: “He’s a handsy guy,” before adding: “Thankfully, I was 29 and not 14.”
However, Pearce has now released a statement following his interview on Interview, appearing to take back making his comments on Spacey public.
“I very much understand that it’s too sensitive a topic to be brushed off,” he said in a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“I addressed and handled the situation when it took place, hence my regret at making it public now.”
Following actor Anthony Rapp’s accusations against Spacey in October 2017, he was dropped from a number of projects he was involved with.
Netflix series House Of Cards, in which Spacey played the lead role, had him written out, and director Ridley Scott had him cut from All The Money In The World and drafted in Christopher Plummer as a replacement.
Police forces in London and Los Angeles are currently investigating a number of claims of sexual assault made against Spacey.
Star Trek: Discovery actor Rapp told BuzzFeed News last year that he had waited two decades to publicly name Spacey as the man who allegedly abused him when he was 14.
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He said: “The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen.
“And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.”
In response, Spacey stated that he had no recollection of the incident that occurred when he was 26, and also used the opportunity to come out as gay, which was widely criticised, in a lengthy tweet.
He wrote: “But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour.
“This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are other stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy.”
He added: “I now choose to live as a gay man.”