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Filmmaker Warren Beatty accused of predatory grooming and coercing teen to have sex with him

Nov 10, 2022

American actor and filmmaker, Warren Beatty has been sued by a woman who accused him of allegedly coercing her into having sex with him in 1973 when she was a minor.

 

Kristina Charlotte Hirsch in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles superior court on Monday, November 7, claimed she was she 14 at the time and also referred to Beatty as a successful Hollywood actor who was nominated for his portrayal of Clyde Barrow in 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde.”

 

According to the suit which was first reported by Variety, Beatty “used his role, status, and power as a well-known Hollywood Star to gain access to, groom, manipulate, exploit, and coerce sexual contact from her over the course of several months,” in 1973 while he was living in Los Angeles.

 

Filmmaker Warren Beatty accused of predatory grooming and coercing teen to have sex with him

 

Hirsch was just a young teen when her neighbor took her to a Hollywood movie set where she worked, according to the suit. There Hirsch met the “Reds” director, who was around 35 years old at the time and took an immediate interest in the girl, giving her his phone number and address.

 

Beatty, now 85, allegedly invited Hirsch over to his hotel and on car rides to spend time together where he offered to help her with her homework and also brought up losing her virginity multiple times, the suit says.

 

Hirsch was “thrilled” that the actor was into her and believed that she was “in a romantic relationship with a movie star,” according to the suit.

 

Filmmaker Warren Beatty accused of predatory grooming and coercing teen to have sex with him

 

In the time they spent together, Beatty “used his position and status as an adult and a Hollywood movie star to coerce sexual contact with Plaintiff on multiple occasions, including oral sex, simulated sex and finally coerced sexual intercourse with the minor child.”

 

Hirsch, who now lives in Louisiana, is seeking exemplary and punitive damages for psychological, mental and emotional distress that she suffered after meeting Beatty. The suit claims she still suffers from “issues of trust and control.”

 

She filed the suit under a 2019 California law that opened a three-year “lookback window” for child sexual abuse claims beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, that would otherwise be blocked by California’s statute of limitations, the suit says.

 

Hirsch is represented by attorneys from the firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates, a major firm with numerous high-profile child sex abuse cases involving the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Beatty, who married actress Annette Bening in 1992, with whom he has four children, is yet to comment on the lawsuit.