A woman from Louisiana has accused Hollywood actor Warren Beatty of coercing her into sexual relations when she was a teenager.
via STESS News by Jessica Cardiny
Sexual Assault (SN) | Warren Beatty accused of coercing sex from underage girl nearly 50 years ago in new lawsuit. Actor and Oscar-winning director Warren Beatty allegedly used his “status” and “power” to coerce an underage girl into sexual encounters nearly five decades ago, a new lawsuit claims.
The suit doesn’t directly name Beatty, but instead identifies an actor nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 for playing Clyde in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ who she says groomed and coerced her into sex when he was 35 and she was 14 years old. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday by a Kristina Hirsch
The accuser, Kristina Charlotte Hirsch, asserts the incidents occurred in 1973 when she was 14 or 15 and when Beatty was in his mid-30s, according to the lawsuit obtained by Variety. Hirsch doesn’t name Beatty in the Los Angeles lawsuit, which she filed Monday, and instead refers to her alleged abuser as an actor who portrayed Clyde in “Bonnie and Clyde.” Beatty famously played the role in the 1967 crime drama.
She experienced “severe emotional, physical and psychological distress” after the star “used his role, status and power as a well-known Hollywood star to gain access to, groom, manipulate, exploit and coerce sexual contact from her over the course of several months,” the lawsuit alleges. A legal representative for Beatty did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.
Hirsch allegedly met Beatty on the Los Angeles-area set of a movie he was working on in 1973. She claims the actor “commented repeatedly on her looks, gave her his phone number, and instructed her to call him when she was near the hotel in Los Angeles County, California, where he was living at the time.”
She says she believed she was in a relationship with Beatty, whom she accuses in the lawsuit of coercing “oral sex, simulated sex and finally … sexual intercourse.” The lawsuit seeks damages from the actor.
Beatty is a 14-time Oscar nominee, including for best actor in 1968 for “Bonnie and Clyde,” 1976 for “Shampoo,” 1982 for “Reds” and 1992 for “Bugsy.” He took home best director for “Reds,” his lone Academy Award win.
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