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Protagonists of Romeo and Juliet, 1968 film, sue Paramount Pictures

Olivia Hussey as well as Leonard Whiting, protagonists of the film Romeo and Juliet (1968 ), are taking legal action against Paramount Pictures in more than US$ 100 million. The costs include sexual abuse, neglect as well as youngster exploitation.

According to the certifications (via Deadline ), “the accuseds went rogue as well as covertly shot the minor kids naked or partially naked without their knowledge, in infraction of state and government legislations managing claimed youngster sexual abuse and also exploitation”. The protagonists would have been notified by Franco Zeffirelli that there would certainly be no nakedness displayed or shot in the film. The director supposedly stated, in the final days of shooting, that they must act nude or the film would certainly fail.

Still according to the records, this would have created physical as well as mental follows up to Hussey and Whiting who, at the time, were 15 as well as 16 years of ages, respectively. They also seek “compensatory damages, economic and non-economic based upon proof, together with restitution of financial benefit to Paramount”.

It is estimated that Romeo and also Juliet (1968) grossed over $500 million at the box workplace. Franco Zeffirelli’s adjustment was nominated for four Oscars, taking the statuette for Best Cinematography as well as Outfit Style, and also both protagonists won Golden Globes.

Zeffirelli, who had formerly been accused of unwanted sexual advances and also sexual offense, passed away in 2019.

Paramount Pictures was gotten to by Due date for discuss the matter, but did not react by the time of magazine of the article.

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