Guy Pearce regrets Kevin Spacey "handsy" comment

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Update: Guy Pearce has said that he regrets making comments that his LA Confidential co-star Kevin Spacey was "handsy" on set, and clarified that he was not sexually assaulted, but was made to feel uncomfortable.

"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."

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Original: Guy Pearce has suggested that he was touched inappropriately by Kevin Spacey when they worked on LA Confidential in 1997.

The Memento actor shocked presenter Andrew Denton on the Australian talk show Interview after he described Spacey as being "a handsy guy" when asked what it was like to work with him.

"Yeah... yeah. Tough one to talk about at the moment," Pearce replied. "Amazing actor, incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah... He's a handsy guy."

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Prompting gasps from members of the audience, he continued: "Thankfully I was 29, and not 14."

Spacey has been accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct after actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey made a sexual advance on him in 1986 at the age of 14.

At the time, Spacey said of those allegations: "I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago.

"But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all those years."

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In January this year, it was reported that Spacey was facing fresh sexual misconduct allegations in the UK.

The 58-year-old actor became the subject of an investigation by Scotland Yard over accusations that stretch back as far as 2005.

In a statement, a Scotland Yard spokesperson didn't name Spacey directly but said: "On December 13, we received an allegation that the man sexually assaulted a man (Victim 3) in 2005 in Westminster.

"Officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating."

Since that time, more than 15 people have come forward with misconduct claims, including the mother of a Massachusetts student, Spacey's former colleagues at the Old Vic and House of Cards crew members.

Spacey's spokesperson said in November that he'd be seeking "evaluation and treatment" in a private facility in the wake of the scandal.

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