Guy Pearce Expresses ‘Regret’ Over Calling Kevin Spacey ‘Handsy’

Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, LA Confidential

Though it’s been months since the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding now-disgraced actor Kevin Spacey came to a head, new information is coming to light from people who have worked with him recently and in the past.

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Last week actor Guy Pearce, who worked with Spacey on 1997’s LA Confidential, recalled the actor being “handsy” when he spoke with the Australian talk show Interview. “Tough one to talk about at the moment. Amazing actor. Incredible actor. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah,” said Pearce when asked about his time working with Spacey. “He’s a handsy guy,” adding, “Thankfully, I was 29 and not 14.”  

Now, Pearce has released a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald addressing his comments about Spacey. “I very much understand that it’s too sensitive a topic to be brushed off,” he said. “I addressed and handled the situation when it took place, hence my regret making it public now.”

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The mention of age is particularly poignant in the case of Spacey, who was accused by Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp of an attempted seduction when Rapp was only 14. Spacey further muddied his name when, as more allegations came out against him, he chose to come out.

Though Spacey experienced massive backlash including being written off of the popular Netflix series House of Cards and being replaced by Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World, he’s slated to reemerge on the big screen in the upcoming Billionaire Boys Club.  

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