Romeo and Juliet actors sue Paramount for child abuse in 1968 film
The two leads from the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet are
suing Paramount for child abuse over a nude scene within the film.
According to Range, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, who
were teenagers while making the Oscar-winning film, filed a lawsuit
In shape, the couple claims that the director, Franco Zeffirelli, told
them that there would be no nudity and that flesh-colored objects
“What they were taught and what happened were
different things,” said Tony Marinozzi, business manager for the two actors.
“They leaned on Franco. At sixteen, as actors, they took the
initiative away from him so he wouldn't violate that agreement with them
Franco became his friend, and frankly, at
16, what do they do? There are no alternatives. There has been no #MeToo."
Hussey turned 15 and Whiting sixteen at the
time of manufacture. The complaint alleges that the couple have suffered
"mental discomfort and emotional distress"
in recent years due to the feature being lost in the proceedings. Damages are sought "
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