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Actor and Oscar winner Warren Beatty is accused of sexually assaulting, abusing and molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1973, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Beatty, now 85, was not named in the lawsuit filed by Kristina Charlotte Hirsch, a copy of which was obtained by Oxygen.com, but described as a “renowned and well-known actor and producer," making reference to one of his most popular works.
The lawsuit continues, “By 1973, Defendant Doe had acted in television and several Hollywood films, including portraying Clyde in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ a major box-office success that earned Defendant Doe an Academy Award for Best Actor. By 1973, Defendant Doe had acquired wealth, stature, and power as a result of his career and status as a movie star.”
The lawsuit was filed under a California law that temporarily pauses the statute of limitations and gives adults a three-year window to file suit for recovery of damages caused by childhood sexual assault that happened decades ago. The law expires in January.
Beatty, the younger brother of Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine, won an Oscar for best director for "Reds" in 1982. He also starred in dozens of movies, including "Heaven Can Wait," "Shampoo," "Splendor in the Grass" and "Dick Tracy." He long enjoyed a reputation as a Hollywood Lothario with high-profile romances opposite Madonna, Natalie Wood, Goldie Hawn, Joan Collins, Diane Keaton among others before marrying actress Annette Bening in 1992. They have four children.
The lawsuit claims that Hirsch met Beatty, who would've been around 35 years old, on a movie set and he “paid undue attention” to her, repeatedly commented on her looks and providing her with his phone number.
The suit also alleges that Beatty took Hirsch on numerous car rides with him, offered to help with her homework and spoke to her about “losing her virginity on multiple occasions.”
Beatty is accused in the lawsuit of using “his position and status as an adult and Hollywood movie star to coerce sexual contact with plaintiff on multiple occasions, including oral sex, stimulated sex and finally coerced sexual intercourse with the minor child.”
The lawsuit said the relationship, which Hirsch was "initially thrilled by," lasted until the end of 1973.
Hirsch is seeking unspecified damages for past, present and future lost earnings; economic damages; and others in an amount to be determined at trial.
The lawsuit said that Hirsch is suing to hold Beatty accountable for the “severe emotional, physical, and psychological distress, including humiliation, shame, and guilt" she has suffered as a result of the alleged sexual assault.
Hirsch currently resides in Louisiana. Oxygen.com was unable to reach representatives for Beatty.
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