The cast of the 1968 film “Romeo and Juliet” has filed a lawsuit against Paramount Studios, the producer of the film. Due to allowing the film to have nude scenes when they were young, it was released.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Santa Monica Superior Court by Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting accused Paramount of exploitation and publishing nude pictures of them as teenagers by deceiving them to play such scenes
In a copy of the lawsuit submitted to CNN, the complaint alleges that the film’s director Franco Zeffirelli who died in 2019 and is not named as a defendant in this case Reassure the performer that there will be no nudity. and they just “Wearing flesh-toned underwear in the bedroom scene. and love scenes only.”
However, according to the complaint, In the actual shoot, Franko Zeffirelli told Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, then 15 and 16, respectively, that “They had to perform a nude scene. Otherwise the movie will definitely be ruined.”
The scene depicts Whiting’s ass and Hassey’s bare breasts.
Hussey and Whiting are expected to seek more than $500 million in damages.
Both actors claimed that the scene left them with mental anguish. and emotionally traumatized in the 55 years since the film’s release.
Both are now 70 years old and both say they lost job opportunities from filming this movie.
“What they say and what actually happened It’s different.” Tony Marinozzi The business manager for both actors told Variety, “At 16, as actors they trusted Franco that he would not violate the trust they had. Franco is their friend. And let’s be honest, at 16, what can they do? No choice, no MeToo .”
while Solomon Gracen, the lawyer for both actors told the media that the nude scenes were filmed when his client “Still innocent kids who didn’t understand what would happen to them, they suddenly became famous to a level they hadn’t expected. and being abused in such a way that they do not know how to deal with it.”
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