Two actors sue Paramount over child nudity in 1968 ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Actors Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting filed a lawsuit in opposition to Paramount movie studios, accusing them of little one sexual exploitation for a nude scene within the movie Romeo and Juliet 1968, once they had been each youngsters.

The American specialised media Selection echoed the demand that the protagonists of the movie directed by the Italian Franco Zeffirelli filed in Santa Monica Superior Courtroom, accusing Paramount of “sexually exploiting and distribute nude pictures of teenagers“, alleging that the nude scene within the movie constituted sexual harassment, fraud, sexual abuse and the intentional infliction of emotional misery on the main actors, who had been solely 15 and 16 years outdated on the time.

In keeping with the plaintiffs, the director promised the actors that the movie wouldn’t function nudity and would as an alternative put on nude underwear within the mattress scene required by the script, however two days earlier than the shoot Zeffirelli pleaded with Hussey, 15 years outdated, and Whiting, 16, to behave bare with physique make-up as a result of in the event that they did not “the film would fail.” He promised to not {photograph} or publish any nudes.telling them that their digicam angles prevented the publicity, thus breaking their promise.

Nude pictures of minors are unlawful and shouldn’t be posted“, mentioned the lawyer for the actors, Solomon Gresen, to Selection. The 2 actors declare damages amounting to greater than 500 million {dollars}, and denounce that for the reason that premiere of the movie each actors had been affected emotionally and restricted of their job affords due to it.

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The declare was filed underneath the California Baby Sufferer Regulation, which quickly suspended the statute of limitations for older little one sexual abuse claims and permits survivors of kid sexual abuse to file civil circumstances. California’s amnesty interval for submitting little one sexual abuse lawsuits ended on December 31.

“Defendants dishonestly and secretly filmed the nude or partially nude minors with out their information, violating state and federal legal guidelines that regulate indecency and exploitation of minors for revenue“, the lawsuit states. No consultant from Paramount has responded to Selection’s request for remark earlier than publishing the information.

Hussey and Whiting, say they’ve suffered “bodily and emotional ache, in addition to excessive and extreme psychological anguish and emotional misery” for the reason that premiere of Romeo and Juliet launched them to fame. Additionally they allege “a lifetime of misplaced earnings and different job advantages and job alternatives.”

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