Actor Warren Beatty sued for allegedly coercing sex with teenage girl in 1973

Kristina Charlotte Hirsch claims he used his status as a Hollywood movie star to ‘coerce sexual contact’ with her when she was between 14 and 15 years old

Warren Beatty sexual coercion
Actor Warren Beatty at an awards gala in Los Angeles.Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images)

Actor Warren Beatty, 85, has been accused in a civil lawsuit of coercing sex with a teenage girl in 1973. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles, Kristina Charlotte Hirsch claims the actor forced her to have sex with him when she was between 14 and 15 years old.

The lawsuit states that Beatty, known for his role in Bonnie and Clyde, invited her to the hotel where he was living. The actor, who was around 35 years old at the time, “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,” the document claims.

The suit states that Hirsch was “initially thrilled” by the attention and believed she was in a romantic relationship with him. The plaintiff, who lives in Louisiana, is seeking compensation for psychological, mental and emotional distress. Beatty’s legal representatives have not yet responded to questions about the case.

The suit has been filed under a 2019 California law that opened a three-year “lookback window” for claims of child sexual abuse that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations.

Beatty, who is the younger brother of actress Shirley MacLaine, Beatty, had a reputation as a Hollywood heartthrob, with his romantic relationships often overshadowing his career. In the past, he has been romantically linked to figures such as Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Diane Keaton and Britt Ekland. Since 1992 he has been married to fellow actress Annette Bening. In 1982, he won the Oscar for Best Director for the film Reds.

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