Warren Beatty Accused of Molesting Teen Girl in 1973: Lawsuit


  • Warren Beatty was accused in a new lawsuit of molesting a teen girl in 1973.
  • Kristina Charlotte Hirsch filed a complaint against Beatty, 85, on Monday in Los Angeles. 
  • She is suing the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker for sexual battery and sexual assault. 

 A Louisiana woman has accused actor Warren Beatty of molesting her in 1973 when she was 14 and 15 years old, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. 

Kristina Charlotte Hirsch, now in her mid-60s, accused Beatty of sexual battery and sexual assault in the lawsuit and is asking a jury to award her damages to be determined at trial.

She sued the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker thanks to a California statute that temporarily allows people to file lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse in cases where the statute of limitations has expired. 

Beatty is not directly named in the suit, which names him anonymously as “Defendant Doe,” but he’s easily recognized from his description in the court filing as a major Hollywood actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Clyde in the film “Bonnie and Clyde.”

Representatives for Beatty did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on the lawsuit on Thursday.

In the lawsuit, Hirsch says she met Beatty on a film set in early 1973, when she was 14 years old and he was approximately 35. 

Beatty “paid undue attention” to Hirsch and “commented repeatedly on her looks,” according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit says Beatty gave Hirsch his number and asked her to call him the next time she visited Los Angeles. 

“Thrilled by the attention,” Hirsch called Beatty soon after their first meeting, the lawsuit states. 

Throughout 1973, while Hirsch was 14 and 15 years old, she alleges in the lawsuit that Beatty called her often over to his hotel, where he took her on “car rides, offered to help her with her homework, and spoke to [her] about losing her virginity on multiple occasions,” the lawsuit states. 

At some point, Hirsch claims the relationship turned sexual, even though she was under the age of consent. 

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,” the lawsuit states. 

According to the lawsuit, Hirsch was “initially thrilled” that Beatty “was interested in her, and believed she was involved in a romantic relationship with the movie star.”

The lawsuit doesn’t say how their relationship came to an end, but Hirsch claims it has left her with longstanding issues. 

Hirsch claims in the lawsuit to have “difficulty in reasonably or meaningfully interacting with others” due to the trauma of childhood sexual assault. She also complains about being unable to trust others, and experiencing “substantial emotional distress, anxiety, nervousness, anger, and fear.” 

Beatty has been married to actress Annette Bening since 1992. The couple has four children together.

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