Oscar-nominated screenwriter denies 1994 B.C. sex assault allegations


An Academy Awards-nominated screenwriter has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a teen who was hired as an extra on a Hollywood movie being shot in Campbell River in 1994.

The alleged victim claims Douglas Day Stewart approached her when she and other extras on the film The Scarlett Letter were asked to go topless in the background during the filming of an outdoor scene.

She said in her lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court that she was 17 years old and still in high school when Stewart brought her a blanket to cover her and help her stay warm during the filming and for about a week showed her increasing attention.

Now 42 and living in England, the plaintiff alleges that when filming ended Stewart invited her to a wrap party and at the party she was given alcohol, although she was below the legal drinking age.

She claims the then-54-year-old Stewart invited her to his hotel suite and into a jacuzzi where he proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her, which was her first significant sexual encounter.

But in a response to the lawsuit, Stewart denies that he approached the plaintiff nor offered her a blanked during her topless scene.

Stewart, nominated for an Oscar for the 1982 hit movie An Officer and a Gentleman, says that the plaintiff’s makeup artist friend invited her to the wrap party and during the party she showed signs that she was interested in having a sexual relationship with him.

He says that when offered an alcoholic beverage, she declined, indicating that due to her Indigenous ancestry alcohol did not suit her.

CIRCA 1989: Writer/Director Douglas Day Stewart on the set of the Columbia Pictures movie “Listen to Me” circa 1989. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 162722160 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Source:: Vancouver Sun

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