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A Los Angeles County judge on Thursday said she will dismiss a lawsuit that the stars of 1968’s Romeo and Juliet filed over the film’s nude scene, which they said involved them being subjected to fraud, and sexual abuse and harassment when they were in their teens. Superior Court Judge Alison Mackenzie ruled in favour of a motion from defendant Paramount Pictures to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Olivia Hussey, who played Juliet at age 15 and is now 72, and Leonard Whiting, who played Romeo at 16 and is also 72.
Judge Mackenzie determined that the scene did not amount to child pornography and was protected by the First Amendment, finding that the actors “have not put forth any authority showing the film here can be deemed to be sufficiently sexually suggestive as a matter of law to be held to be conclusively illegal”. In her written decision, she also found that the suit did not fall within the bounds of a California law that temporarily suspended the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, and that a February re-release of the film did not change that.
The actors’ attorney denounced the decision and said they plan to file another version of the suit in federal court. “We firmly believe that the exploitation and sexualisation of minors in the film industry must be confronted and legally addressed to protect vulnerable individuals from harm and ensure the enforcement of existing laws,” lawyer Solomon Gresen said in a statement.
The film and its theme song were major hits at the time, and – despite the nude scene that briefly shows Whiting’s bare buttocks and Hussey’s bare breasts – it was played for generations of high school students studying Shakespeare’s tragedy. Director Franco Zeffirelli, who died in 2019 at.
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a lawsuit over a nude scene in “Romeo and Juliet,” finding the 1968 film is protected under the First Amendment.Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting — both 72 and the titular stars of the Franco Zeffirelli flick — claimed they were coerced into performing nude in the film’s bedroom scene while minors.They accused Paramount Pictures of sexual exploitation and distribution of nude imagery of children in their December suit, which sought more than $500 million in alleged damages.Judge Alison Mackenzie granted Paramount’s motion to strike the lawsuit Thursday.Mackenzie rejected Hussey and Whiting’s argument that the nude scene could be considered “child pornography.” The judge also found the pair did not comply with a 2020 California law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse lawsuits.According to court documents obtained by The Post, Mackenzie wrote there was no evidence the film included “sufficiently sexually suggestive as a matter of law to be held to be conclusively illegal.” Paramount requested to dismiss the suit under the state’s anti-SLAPP statute, which allows defendants to move to strike supposedly meritless complaints that could undermine free speech.Solomon Gresen, an attorney for Hussey and Whiting, said he plans to appeal the decision.“I was angry,” Gresen told The Post on Friday. “I think that the anti-female bias in this country is real, and it’s something that I have dedicated my career to trying to right the wrongs.”He added: “It’s abusive to take images of naked children.
Gene Maddaus Senior Media Writer A judge on Thursday said she will throw out a lawsuit over a nude scene in the 1968 version of “Romeo and Juliet,” after finding that the film is protected by the First Amendment. The stars of the film, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting, filed the suit in December, alleging that they were coerced by director Franco Zeffirelli into performing nude in the film’s bedroom scene. Hussey was 16 at the time of filming; Whiting was 17. Judge Alison Mackenzie granted Paramount’s motion to throw out the suit, finding that the plaintiffs had not complied with the provisions of a California law that temporarily suspended the statute of limitations for child sex abuse claims.
Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, died at the age of 83. Known as the “Queen of Rock & Roll,” the singer passed away peacefully at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, after a long illness. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model,” her family said in a statement.
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Vanderpump Rules fans now think James Kennedy is the top guy in the group. On Thursday, ET's Brice Sander spoke to the DJ at the 2023 Vanderpump Dogs Gala at The Maybourne in Beverly Hills, California, where he revealed how he feels about the new title." magazine's number one guy in the group. I kind of feel like Tony Stark, you know. I feel like Iron Man, the last couple of days have been good," joked Kennedy.When Bravo released the season 10 reunion trailer, fans saw Kennedy go toe-to-toe with Tom Sandoval over him cheating on Ariana Madix with Raquel Leviss, who was previously engaged to Kennedy.Kennedy yelled at Sandoval, «I will f**k you up so quickly! Tom, you’re a worm with a mustache!» He also called Sandoval a «poo-poo head.» Both interactions had fans cheering for Kennedy on social media.It’s all been leading to this.
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