Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Zeffirelli's son denies harassment claim (2)

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Rome, January 12 - Franco Zeffirelli'son has denied
a US TV actor's claim the Oscar-nominated Italian director
molested him on the set of his 1993 film 'Storia di una
capinera' (The Sparrow).
Johnathon Schaech, star of Ray Donovan and Quantico, wrote a
personal essay for People saying Zeffirelli "groomed" him and
tried to perform oral sex on him.
Schaech, then 22 and now 48, said he had never recovered from
the trauma and had developed addictions to drugs, alcohol
because of it.
Zeffirelli, 94, was nominated for an Oscar for his 1968 film
Romeo and Juliet.
In a statement Thursday, his son Pippo said Schaech's essay
contained "untrue claims of abuse" which were motivated by
revenge for being dubbed out of the movie, which was based on a
classic tale by Giovanni Verga.
At the time, he said, the actor suffered from "a throat
obstruction that made it hard for him to speak".
Pippo Zeffirelli also said he had been "casually" in touuch
with Schaech over the last few years "without revealing a trace
of his psychological malaise".
He said he was "stunned" that the actor had waited so long to
make his claims and had made them when his frail and ailing
father "can no longer defend himself".
Schaech, he said, was seeking the fame that had eluded him in
his career to sate.

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