Actor releases new statement after suggesting Spacey touched him inappropriately on the set of "LA Confidential."
Nearly a week after spilling the beans on an Australian talk show "Interview," the actor released a follow-up statement.
"I very much understand that it's too sensitive a topic to be brushed off. I addressed and handled the situation when it took place, hence my regret at making it public now," he said.
During the interview, Pearce was asked about working with Spacey on 1997 crime drama "LA Confidential," and his response suggested he may have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
"Yeah, yeah. Tough one to talk about at the moment," Pearce said. "Amazing actor, incredible actor. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah."
It was after a pause that he elicited a gasp from the audience with this admission: "He's a handsy guy."
After a very uncomfortable pause, he added, as if to clarify that it was indeed exactly what everyone was thinking, "Thankfully, I was 29 and not 14."
Anthony Rapp first accused Spacey of making sexual advances toward him when he was just 14 years old. Since that story broke in October 2017, others have come forward with similar allegations.
The actor was fired from the upcoming season of Netflix's "House of Cards," and saw his scenes for "All the Money in the World" refilmed with Christopher Plummer taking over his role.
In response to those initial allegations, Spacey controversially came out as gay, with many criticizing his timing. He has denied the allegations, but also retreated from the spotlight to reportedly seek "evaluation and treatment" for his behavior.
Spacey's "House of Cards" co-star Robin Wright weighed in on Spacey's firing for the first time on "Today" show Monday morning.
"Respectful, professional relationship, he was so great with me. He was never disrespectful to me, so that's my personal experience," she said. "That's the only thing I feel that I have the right to talk about."
According to Wright, her relationship with Spacey was, and always had been, limited to the work. She said she hadn't heard from him and wouldn't even know how to get hold of him if needed. "Kevin and I knew each other between 'action' and 'cut' and in between set-ups where we would giggle," she said. "I didn't really-- I didn't know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is."
"I think we were all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened," Wright said of the allegations against Spacey.