A Louisiana woman is accusing Oscar winner Warren Beatty of sexual harassment, assault, harassment and abuse that allegedly took place in Hollywood when she was 14 and he was 35.
In a civil lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Kristina Charlotte Hirsch alleged that the 85-year-old “Bonnie & Clyde” star and several others “changed his role, status and power as a well-known Hollywood star.” used to gain access to, care for, manipulate, exploit and coerce sexual contact with her over a period of several months’ while she was a minor living in California.
Hirsch said the alleged incidents caused her to suffer “severe emotional, physical and psychological distress, including humiliation, shame and guilt,” according to the complaint obtained by The Times on Wednesday. She also lists trust and control issues as a result of the alleged assaults.
While she doesn’t specifically name the star director of “Reds” and “Heaven Can Wait” in the lawsuit — she instead lists him as “Defendant Doe” in the lawsuit — her legal team describes him as a “renowned and well-known actor.” and producer”, as well as several other identifiers.
“By 1973, Defendant DOE had acted on television and in several Hollywood films, including the portrayal of Clyde in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ a box office hit that earned Defendant DOE an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor,” states the the complaint.
It’s unclear why Hirsch’s attorneys, Michael Reck and Matthew Finnegan of Jeff Anderson & Associates, decided not to use Beatty’s name in the lawsuit. The attorneys, whose firm has handled sex abuse cases involving the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America, did not immediately respond to Times requests for comment Wednesday.
The lawsuit was filed under a 2019 California law that gives child sexual abuse victims a three-year window to file claims that would otherwise have expired.
The complaint also lists another 49 does, whose real names it does not yet know, and who it believes are “agents, representatives and/or employees of all other defendants”.
Hirsch claimed she met Beatty on one of his film sets in 1973, when she was 14 and he was about 35. A neighbor of hers who worked on the set brought her, and Hirsch claimed Beatty “gave her undue attention,” ” repeatedly commented on her appearance, gave her his phone number and told her to call him” when she was near his LA hotel, which she did shortly after they first met.
That year, the “initially enthusiastic” teenager went to his hotel to spend time with him and he took her on car rides, offered to help with her homework and spoke to her on numerous occasions about losing her virginity, sources say it in the complaint .
She claimed that when she was about 14 or 15, Beatty “used his position and status as an adult and a Hollywood movie star to coerce sexual contact [her] on multiple occasions, including oral sex, simulated sex, and eventually forced intercourse with the minor child.”
Hirsch, who believed she was in a romantic relationship with a movie star, said she didn’t consent to his “intended harmful or abusive contact” at the time.
She is seeking a trial by jury, general, special, statutory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by the court, and attorneys’ fees.
Beatty officials did not immediately respond to The Times requests for comment on Wednesday.
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