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O__o Wow, I hope this isn't true.

A woman is suing ABC and 'Lost' actor Henry Ian Cusick, claiming she was sexually harassed and then fired from the hit show.

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― A woman is suing ABC and 'Lost' actor Henry Ian Cusick, claiming she was sexually harassed and then fired from the hit show.

The woman filed the lawsuit on Friday in Los Angeles, alleging Cusick, who plays Desmond Hume on the show, fondled her buttocks and breasts and kissed her on the lips in October 2007. The lawsuit claims she reported the incident to her supervisor, but was simply told to avoid the actor. She states she was fired 12 days later in retaliation for reporting the alleged abuse.

The filing states the woman worked for ABC since 1997. She claims she suffered physical sickness, emotional distress and a miscarriage after the incident.

The lawsuit does not state how much she is seeking.

And hey, I watched SPN last night. I was as leery of the idea as anyone but I think they pulled it off. And yeah, I did suspect that ... oh crap, I've already forgotten the brother's name, was not what he seemed. Because where else could they go with that?

I'm going to have to see X-Men Origins. Even though Josh isn't in it.

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vixerunt
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
I saw the story and was completely shocked. What is really upsetting to me though is all of the women making jokes about it on ONTD. "I'd let him harass me" or worse, "rape me" just because he's a good looking man. And people are saying that she is lying because she didn't stop him while he was doing it. Most victims are so shocked they don't feel the shame and emotional distress until they've had time to process it.

I hope it isn't true and I'm reserving judgement until we know more, but either way, people need to think before they say things like that.
halfdutch
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
I tend to take all such accusations at face value but dammit, I like him. :-/

People on ONTD can be such idiots. *sigh* And message boards in general. I made the mistake of reading comments to the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation and wow, was that depressing.
vixerunt
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
I like Desmond, can't say I know much about Henry Ian. Hopefully, his people will release a statement soon.

The Chris Brown/Rihanna comments were terrible. I saw quite a few people say that she started it or because she hit him, it was okay for him to bash her head in and threaten to kill her. And people turned on her with time, especially when they thought she was staying with him. So sad.
halfdutch
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
I guess I don't know much about HIC in real life but eee, that would definitely not be good for my appreciation of the character Desmond!

I cannot believe how quick people were to blame Rihanna. SCARY.
ellel
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Oh,wow...:-/

The idea of third Winchester brother was pretty much an absurd at first,but they indeed pulled it off and made me like it.And Adam,I liked him too.
halfdutch
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
They did pull it off, didn't they? And make us like him. Although, he didn't get much of the good Winchester DNA, did he? Maybe he would have grown into it, poor boy!
zelda_zee
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Wow, that sucks. :(

I really liked SPN a lot. I'd been leery too, but I thought it was a really great ep.
halfdutch
Apr. 25th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, no es bueno. :-/

Yes, they took a very dodgy premise and made it work. (Love the tip of the hat with "cousin oliver diner's, heh.) I bet you're excited for next week's SPN! :)
zelda_zee
Apr. 25th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if Desmond's days are numbered. If Lost boots actors for DUIs I can't imagine TPTB would be very tolerant of sexual harassment suits.

I had to google to find out what Cousin Oliver meant - I saw people referring to it and had no idea!
bachlava
Apr. 25th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I hope Desmond's days aren't numbered! Despite my lack of faith in Darlton, to put it mildly, I'd hope the lawyers at ABC would keep them from the folly of effectively firing HIC before anything had been demonstrated to a court's satisfaction, at least in terms of a civil claim. Michelle Rodriguez and whatshername did at least enter guilty pleas before getting the boot... and Daniel Dae Kim was spared, anyway. Hmm, a bit of sex discrimination... Argh!
janie_tangerine
Apr. 25th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Mm, I really wouldn't say anything until we know for sure (also because why waiting two years?) but if it's true... eeerrrrr. ://// I hope it isn't true too.

Oh, I think they pulled SPN off too. I just don't know what it's that doesn't click with me, but it was a good episode.
halfdutch
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I really hope this doesn't doom Desmond. Is that horribly selfish of me? I'd like to think that HIC isn't that kind of guy, of course. *sigh*

I've been kind of hit and miss with SPN lately but I did enjoy this one. It does take the pressure off when you're not as invested in a show!
bachlava
Apr. 25th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
I'm reserving judgment until there's more information - well, sort of, anyway. Miscarriage has many causes, but emotional distress isn't one of them - there would be a lot more miscarriages if it were. (Correlation, yes; causation, definitely not.) That's not going to be admissible as an argument or claim. And while some people understandably don't feel comfortable taking action initially, I'm suspicious of someone who worked says she got fired on a whim after ten years, had a miscarriage because of it, and then happened to find the courage to break her silence just when the economy went to shit.
halfdutch
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
True, we don't know what happened and sadly people do make up such claims, which I can't begin to understand. I would hate to think it's true but what a nightmare for her if it is! Legal issues seem to take forever, so I don't know about the timeliness of it. It always seems like people are suing movie companies for "stealing" their idea years after the fact and you always wonder if they waited that long to sue.
elliotsmelliot
Apr. 25th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I saw that story last night when I was prepping the newsletter. It made me feel sick. I hope it is not true, but as I ran through all the scenarios in my head, most of them favoured the employee because regardless of my like for the actor, these things happen to women all the time. Sadly even if this is not true, this type of story can spell career trouble for a minor TV actor, not to mention family stress.
halfdutch
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
I tend to believe the person making allegations because you know this stuff happens all the time. But I do hope it's not true for selfish reasons, because I like Desmond! :-( It's not like all the DUI people who were written off -- I don't miss any of them! *sigh* I guess we'll be hearing a lot more about this in the weeks to come.
demonqueen666
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I really hope this doesn't turn out to be true...there's nothing I hate more than really enjoying a character or the acting ability of the person playing them, and then having to couple it with the knowledge that that person's a total asshole.
halfdutch
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, there are too many actors whose personal lives have ruined their movies/shows for me. *sigh* I hope HIC isn't among them!
gottalovev
Apr. 25th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
oh no, I really hope this isn't true :( it's shocking, even just allegations will put a shadow. I really hope that he's completely cleared if it's false, and if it's true I'll be really sad.

I do think they pulled it off too, SPN, brilliantly even. I went 'Oh, Dean!' all the way through! lol!
halfdutch
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm still waiting for him to issue a statement of some sort! We'll see how this plays out. ABC doesn't tend to be very forgiving!

And "Oh, Dean!" indeed!
slybrunette
Apr. 25th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
So I guess he's the next to die...
halfdutch
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
He's safe for this season, right? I mean, theoretically. They can just write him off as happy with Penny and leave it there, I suppose is another way they could go with that, if need be. :-/
polvodestrella
Apr. 25th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
O_o

halfdutch
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
Oh hey, finally responding to comments. Definitely *not* what you want to hear about an actor/character you like.
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