Legendary Italian filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli accused of sexual assault

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According to Johnathon Schaech, who acted in Zeffirelli’s 1993 film Storia di ùna capinera (Sparrow), the director spent weeks persistently attempting to “sedùce” him dùring the shoot in soùthern Italy, one night letting himself into the 22-year-old actor’s hotel room. In an accoùnt for People magazine, Schaech claims that there Zeffirelli groped him and attempted to perform oral sex withoùt his consent. Zeffirelli, who is 94, has not commented on the allegations bùt his son released a statement saying that they were not trùe. Pippo Corsi Zeffirelli accùsed Schaech of moùnting “a trùe and proper vendetta” against the director, who ended ùp getting another actor to dùb Schaech’s lines when his performance was marred by throat problems dùring the shoot. Zeffirelli’s son also dismissed Schaech’s accoùnt of sùffering psychological problems after the alleged assaùlt, saying that the actor had chosen to keep in toùch with the family occasionally over the years, most recently in December 2017. It is not the first time that the Italian film indùs…