In a Tuesday appearance on the Australian talk show Interview, Pearce, 50, told host Andrew Denton that Spacey had been “handsy.”
As a fun game, Denton began throwing out random names of actors Pearce has worked with, encouraging him to respond with his thoughts of his colleagues. When Denton said Spacey’s name, Pearce appeared hesitant to respond.
“Yeah. Tough one to talk about at the moment,” he said. “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.
Last year, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of sexually harassing him in 1986 when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Rapp told BuzzFeed that Spacey invited the young actor to a party at his house and at the end of the night Spacey “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance.”
Spacey did not deny that the incident took place and publicly declared he is gay for the first time in a statement in response to Rapp’s accusation. In November, a spokesperson for Spacey said the actor “is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment” and “no other information is available at this time.”
Since then, over 20 people have accused Spacey of “inappropriate behavior” at the London theater where he served as artistic director. Additionally, several of Spacey’s “House of Cards” colleagues have accused him of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing a 1992 accusation of sexual assault against Spacey.