“I very much understand that it’s too sensitive a topic to be brushed off,” Pearce 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.”
Last week, the Australian TV news show Interview, hosted by Andrew Denton, released a sneak peek of the July 3 episode in which Pearce, asked by Denton about working with Spacey on the ’97 film, told the interviewer: “Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor. Incredible actor. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah. He’s a handsy guy. Thankfully I was 29, and not 14.”
After the comments made global headlines, Pearce, according to the Sydney Morning Herald,
Kevin Spacey is facing investigation over two new allegations of sexual assault and one of assault, according to reports by the BBC today. London's Metropolitan Police, who have not formally confirmed their suspect's name, are looking into incidents said to have taken place in Westminster, Lambeth and Gloucester between 1996 and 2013.
Spacey, who was cut from Ridley Scott's All The Money In The World after accusations against him first broke in October 2017, is already being investigated by the Met in relation to three other sexual assault allegations. The new developments come just a day after actor Guy Pearce, who worked with him on L.A. Confidential, told Australian TV host Andrew Denton that working with Spacey had been difficult, describing him as "a handsy guy."
To date, the actor has not faced criminal charges....
“Yeah… Tough one to talk about at the moment,“ Pearce said in a recent interview with Australian talk show host Andrew Denton. ”Amazing actor, incredible actor. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah. He’s a handsy guy. Thankfully I was 29 and not 14.”
Spacey was first accused of sexual misconduct in October 2017 by Anthony Rapp, who alleges the Oscar-winning actor forced himself on Rapp when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey responded at the time saying he had no memory of the encounter and came out as a gay man.
Similar accounts of alleged misconduct were soon corroborated by other colleagues of Spacey’s, including the “House of Cards” production crew, resulting in his firing from the hit Netflix show. Amid the fallout, he was also replaced in Ridley Scott
“Yeah…yeah,” Pearce said on the talk show Interview when host Andrew Denton asked him about Spacey. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Pearce continued, “Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor; incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah.
“He’s a handsy guy. Thankfully I was 29 and not 14,” continued Pearce, making an obvious reference to actor Anthony Rapp, who has said he was assaulted by then-26-year-old Spacey when Rapp was 14. Spacey would have been around 37 or 38 to Pearce’s 29 while shooting the 1997 L.A. Confidential.
The Herald reports that the audience gasped at Pearce’s comment. The actor did not provide further details of his difficulties with his L.A. Confidential co-star.
Spacey, of course, was fired from Netflix
During the interview, Pearce was asked about Spacey’s history of abuse and working with the actor early in their careers. Pearce did not want to reveal too much about his experiences with Spacey, but he did imply nonprofessional behavior when he said, “Yeah. Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor, incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah.”
Pearce followed the comment with the following remark, “He’s a handsy guy. Thankfully I was 29, and not 14.” According to Yahoo Entertainment, Denton’s audience could be heard gasping at Pearce’s revelation.
When asked by TV host Andrew Denton about his experience working with Spacey, Pearce said the following:
“Yeah… yeah. Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor; incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah. He’s a handsy guy.”
“Thankfully I was 29, and not 14,” he added, per news.au.com.
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You can watch a preview of Pearce’s conversation with Denton here. In Australia, viewers can watch Pearce’s full interview tonight at 8:55 p.m. on “Seven.”
TheWrap reached out to Pearce’s agent and Spacey’s attorney to see if either actor for comment on this story and did immediately hear back from either side.
Guy Pearce has suggested he was groped by Kevin Spacey when the pair appeared together in the 1997 film La Confidential.
In an interview with Andrew Denton on the Australian talk show Interview, Pearce was asked for his thoughts on working with Spacey. The actor replied: “Yeah … yeah. Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor; incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah.” He then added: “He’s a handsy guy.”
Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, has all but vanished from Hollywood after he was accused by numerous men of sexual misconduct last year. The first accuser was Anthony Rapp, who said Spacey assaulted him when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26.
Pearce and Spacey both starred in the 1997 hit L.A. Confidential.
While visiting Andrew Denton's chat show, the Aussie actor was asked about his time working with Spacey.
“Yeah…yeah," he began. "Tough one to ...
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