Paramount sued for child abuse over the nude scene in 1986 movie 'Romeo and Juliet'

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 04 Jan, 2023

The audience was enchanted

During the 1968 revival of 'Romeo and Juliet,' directed by Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting were just teens when they won the hearts of audiences.

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Academy Award nominations

A bedroom scene in the film depicted Whiting's buttocks and Hussey's bare breasts, stirred controversy, and was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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Adolescent population distribution

Both Hussey and Whiting, in their 70s, have filed a lawsuit against Paramount, alleging sexual exploitation and the distribution of adolescent nude images.

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Underwear with a flesh color

The suit claims that Zeffirelli, who died in 2019, promised both actors the film wouldn't contain nudity or nakedness, along with flesh-colored underwear.

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A director is accused

The director is alleged to have told them in the final moments that the picture would not succeed if they performed nude with body makeup.

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Featured in the movie

In the complaint, Zeffirelli assured Hussey and Whiting that no nudity would be photographed or released in the film as Zeffirelli showed them where the camera would be placed.

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Accused of dishonesty and sued

He is being sued for dishonesty, claiming that Whiting and Hussey were filmed naked without their consent.

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Different in every way

Business manager for both actors, Tony Marinozzi, said, 'It was completely different what they were told and what happened.'.

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Choices were limited

The actors trusted Franco, and honestly, at 16, there were no options. There was no #MeToo. They took his lead. Franco was their friend, and honestly, at 16, there were no choices.

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Loss of employment opportunities

Fifty-five years since the film's release caused Hussey and Whiting mental anguish, emotional distress, and lost employment opportunities.

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Acting afterward was rare

Their roles in 'Romeo and Juliet' sparked Hussey and Whiting's careers, but they rarely acted afterward.

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