A California judge has indicated that she will dismiss a child abuse lawsuit filed by the two lead actors in the 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Last December, Olivia Hussey, and Leonard Whiting, who were teenagers when Franco Zeffirelli’s Oscar-winning film was being made, accused Paramount of se*ual exploitation over a n*de scene they claimed was forced upon them after they were told it wouldn’t happen.
This week, Judge Alison Mackenzie suggested in a tentative ruling that she would side with the studio, rejecting the claim that the film depicted child abuse while stating that the plaintiffs had not correctly followed the rules of California law that allowed for a temporary suspension of the statute of limitations over abuse claims.
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Judge Alison Mackenzie Throws Out Lawsuit Over 1968 ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Underage Nude Scene. The stars of the film, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, allege that director Franco Zeffirelli coerced them into performing nude.
The actors, who were both under 18 then, are reportedly planning to appeal and file a separate lawsuit based on the film’s recent Criterion DVD release, which would be unaffected by the statute of limitations. As the guardians suggested, “Children cannot consent to use these images,” the pair’s lawyer Solomon Gressen said. “They’re profiting off these images without consent.”
He described them as “very young, naive children in the 1960s who had no understanding of what was about to hit them.”
As Romeo and Juliet Actors claim they have been through mental pressure, We have another similar case Of Season 2 Love Is Blind contestant Jeremy Hartwell has filed a lawsuit against the production team of the Netflix reality TV show, and it’s time to discuss it. He claimed the cast was denied food, water, and sleep and plied with alcohol.
Both actors filed declarations, claiming they “acted like we were having intercourse” and have suffered “mental anguish and emotional distress” in the years since and lost job opportunities. They were reportedly suing for $100 million in damages. Their recollections were labeled “completely false and perjured testimony” by Paramount.
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