Film producer ordered to pay $3 mln in sex scandal
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury found movie producer Jon Peters was guilty on Friday of sexual harassment and ordered the man behind films such as "Batman" to pay more than $3 million to a former personal assistant.
The nine-woman, three-man panel awarded Shelly Morita $822,000 in compensatory damages. They found that Peters created a hostile work environment and acted with malice, which led to a second phase of the trial in which they awarded the Morita an additional $2.5 million.
Peters, a onetime hairdresser turned movie mogul whose producing credits include "The Color Purple," "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "Superman Returns," was not present for the verdicts. Along with former business partner Peter Guber, he also ran Sony Pictures movie studio for a time.
Morita, a 44-year-old single mother, sued Peters and his company, J.P. Organization Inc., in December 2006.
She claimed he inappropriately touched her and alleged that he crawled into bed with her when they were in Australia during the filming of "Superman Returns."
In his testimony, Peters, 66, denied any wrongdoing. His attorney said the verdicts will be appealed.
(Reporting and writing by Sheri Linden; Edited by Bob Tourtellotte)
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- One dead, one wounded in shooting in Chicago financial district
- Israel, Palestinians locked in vicious circle of Gaza wars
- UPDATE 2-Bombardier plans more job cuts, Russia plans intact
- UPDATE 1-EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions yet, targets 5 Russian banks
- CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-GE credit card unit Synchrony makes muted debut on NYSE
In a shabby cinema tucked away in a backstreet of central Paris, a crowd of ageing devotees are putting up quiet resistance to the might of on-line pornography. Faced with the onslaught of the Web, "Le Beverley" bills itself as the last registered porn-only cinema in Paris still serving a diet of retro classics to a loyal clientele. Full Article
Celebrity news including reports of a showdown between Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom. Video