Warren Beatty lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse dismissed by judge

Warren Beatty lawsuit thrown out by judge: Woman claims she was forced to have sex with the Bonnie and Clyde actor at a party in 1973 when he was 36 and she was 14

  • Kristina Hirsch, 64, claimed she was a 14-year-old virgin when she met the Oscar winner on the set of the 1973 political thriller The Parallax View 
  • She claimed they had a months-long sexual relationship after he ‘groomed and exploited’ her leaving her with a lifetime of ‘severe emotional distress’
  • But a Beverley Hills judge threw out the case and ruled it cannot be refiled after her attorneys resigned and she failed to lodge court papers

Hollywood legend Warren Beatty will not be sued over claims he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old virgin, after a judge dismissed the case.

Kristina Hirsch claimed that she was groomed into a months-long relationship with the Bonnie and Clyde star when they met on the set of the 1973 political thriller The Parallax View.

She sued the 86-year-old last year for sexual battery and sexual assault claiming she had suffered ‘severe emotional, physical and psychological distress, including humiliation, shame, and guilt’.

‘It was a crime that Beatty was committing by raping me, having oral sex with me and emotionally damaging me for the past 44 years,’ the now 64-year-old claimed.

But Beverly Hills judge Edward B Moreton Jr threw out the case on Friday after Hirsch’s lawyers withdrew from the case and she failed to file court papers.

Beatty, 86, was accused of ‘exploiting’ Kristina Hirsch, 64, who he met while filming on the set of a movie in 1973 – with the abuse continuing into the following year

Kristina Hirsch, 63, was suing Warren Beatty over allegations he groomed her for sex in 1973 when she was 14 and he was 36

The Parallax View (pictured) started filming on April 2, 1973 – three days after Beatty’s 36th birthday. It was released in the United States on June 19, 1974

Beatty was 36-years old when they met and already one of the world’s biggest stars following his starring role in the Oscar-winning Bonnie and Clyde.

The lawsuit claimed that Hirsch was ‘initially thrilled’ by his attention and she believed they were having a romantic relationship.

She said he paid her ‘undue attention’, seemed fascinated about her virginity, and repeatedly paid her compliments before passing on his phone number and asked her to call him when she was close to his hotel.

‘I was a 14-year-old virgin and brought and introduced to Warren Beatty on the set of The Parallax View for the purposes of sexual pandering by an adult,’ she said in a video in 2017.

‘I was unaware of this and from the spring of 1973 until the following January of 1974, carried on a relationship that I thought was something that was special.’

The lawsuit did not name Beatty but identified him as a ‘renowned actor and producer portraying Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde, a major box-office success that earned defendant doe an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor’.

‘He 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 the State of California,’ it claimed.

It was lodged after California opened a three-year ‘look-back window’ for claims of historic child sexual abuse.

In her lawsuit, Hirsch did not say which film Beatty was working on when he allegedly raped her. But the 2017 video said it was the Alan Pakula-directed The Parallax View, a political thriller based on the Loren Singer book of the same name

Alleged rape victim Hirsch married actor Hiram Keller. She appeared alongside her husband, using the name Kristina St. Clair in the 1982 cult Jamaican film Countryman, his last movie when she was in her twenties

The lawsuit argud that Hirsch was unable to give consent because she was a minor at the time of the incidents

He was accused of summoning her to the hotel he was living, as well as taking her in his car, offering to help with homework and spoke to her about losing her virginity

Her lawsuit claimed because of the alleged abuse by Beatty she ‘suffered severe emotional, physical and psychological distress, including humiliation, shame, and guilt’

Court documents did not directly name Beatty but make several clear references to him – including as portraying Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde (pictured)

Hirsch from Fredonia, Arizona, married actor Hiram Keller, best known for working with Italian director Federico Fellini in 1981. They split in 1987 after having one daughter Serena.

She appeared alongside her husband, using the name Kristina St Clair in the 1982 cult Jamaican film Countryman, his last movie.

Keller died of liver cancer in 1997 aged 52.

The Parallax View was directed by Alan Pakula and based on the Loren Singer book of the same name.

The movie was mainly filmed in Washington State and at Paramount Studios in Hollywood where filming started on April 2, 1973 – three days after Beatty’s 36th birthday.

Hirsch said the alleged abuse left her with lifelong ‘difficulty in reasonably or meaningfully interacting with others’ and having ‘intimate, confidential and familial relationships’.

She was represented by Michael Reck and Michael Finnegan of the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates who have previously handled cases against the Roman Catholic Church alleging abuse by priests.

They told the court a psychiatrist had found her allegations ‘reasonable and meritorious’.

But Hirsch told the court she rejected her lawyers’ suggestion of a $130,000 settlement and they withdrew from the case in August.

Judge Moreton said Hirsch had not filed case management papers and was representing herself after failing to find new legal representation.

California’s three-year suspension of the statute of limitations for historic sex abuse ended in January and Moreton threw out the case ‘with prejudice’, meaning it cannot be refiled.

At his height of fame Beatty previously bragged about bedding thousands of women, and was linked to Joan Collins, Cher and Madonna.

His biographer Peter Biskind estimated in 2010 that the actor had slept with 12,775 women in his life – something which Beatty himself later denied.

Speaking to AARP in 2016 he said the number was wildly exaggerated, adding: ‘Think about it, sleeping with 12,775 people. That would mean not just that there were multiple people a day, but that there was no repetition.

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Joan Collins began dating the then unknown actor Warren Beatty in 1959. The pair became engaged a year later, but their relationship ended after eighteen months 

‘Look, I never misled anyone. And … and I’m a nice guy. I waited a long time to be married.

‘When you don’t get married until you’re 54 … well, as Arthur Miller said, ‘It comes with the territory’.

‘You’re participating in a profession that, for obvious reasons, needs to heighten elements of sexuality.’

Beatty finally settled down, and has been married to Annette Benning for 25 years, and they have four children together.

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