Enable Javscript for better performance
Romeo and Juliet actors sue Paramount Pictures over child abuse- Cinema express

Romeo and Juliet actors sue Paramount Pictures over child abuse 

The actors who are in their 70s now were teenagers when the film was released

   |   
Published: 05th January 2023
romeo juliet paramount controversy

In 1968, director Franco Zeffirelli helmed Romeo and Juliet based on Shakespeare’s novel. Actor Leonard Whiting and actor Olivia Hussey played Romeo and Juliet respectively in the film. The film distributed by Paramount Pictures was a success. It received four Academy Award nominations of which it won 2 for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design.  However, some reports also suggest that the film was in controversy for a nude bedroom scene that it had. 

Now, the lead actors of the film, Whiting, and Hussey have filed a lawsuit accusing Paramount Pictures of sexually exploiting them and distributing nude images of adolescent children. It is to be noted that the actors who are in their 70s now, were teenagers when the film was released. 

The lawsuit also alleges that director Zeffirelli vouched that there would be no nudity in the film and that they would be wearing body-colored undergarments in that particular bedroom scene. Hussey was 15 at the time, while Whiting was 16. The complaint alleges that the actors were filmed nude without their knowledge. According to the report, Zeffirelli is not one of the defendants as he passed away in 2019. They are collectively seeking damages reportedly over 500 million USD. 
 

Related Articles

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

Trending