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Henry Ian Cusick is accused of sexual harassment

By triangulatedsignal,

  Filed under: Lost News
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henry-ian-cusick-lost-31Henry Ian Cusick has been accused by a Lost crew member named Chelsea Stone, of sexual harassment.

The former employee has filed a harassment and sexual battery claim against the actor who plays Desmond in the show.

The documents have come to light and show that she is accusing the actor of groping and fondling her, and making lewd sounds and gestures which were directed at her. She has also claimed she reported this to her supervisor, but was told only to avoid the actor, and was 12 days later on Oct 28th, 2007, fired from the position for reporting her accusations. The woman had worked with ABC since 1997.

The plaintiff is also reporting emotional distress, physical sickness and a miscarriage which she claims was a result of the incident.

The documents do not disclose how much in settlement the plaintiff is looking and as of yet no comment has been made by Cusick’s representation.

To view the court documents click on the following link:

http://images.eonline.com/static/news/pdf/henryiancusick.pdf

Source : EOnline Forbes

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  • clueless1der

    I was just saying that there hadn’t been any news in my feeds, but THIS WAS NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING.

    I’ll be very interested to see how this plays out- if it’s true, if it’s just revenge for being fired, etc.

    Boo. πŸ™

    • triangulatedsignal

      yes i only hope this is not true, it is a difficult one to call. If not true then great, if true terrible for the woman, and bad for the show, but of course, for the woman first and foremost.

    • Shaun

      If true “it’s just revenge for being fired”??

      Look, I don’t want to start a fight, but if it’s true and a woman was assualted and THEN got fired for reporting the crime to her boss, then the suit is perfectly justified. No one should have to be subjected to that in the workplace, and no one should have to lose their job for speaking up about it.

      Would you feel the same way if it were your wife/girlfriend/sister/mother? I’m guessing not. Anyhow, I do wonder why it’s taken so long for the accusation to be made public, but then I don’t know how these things work (thank goodness).

      • Andy W.

        Sean, you’re misunderstanding. He said: “I’ll be very interested to see how this plays out- if it’s true, if it’s just revenge for being fired, etc.”

        In other words, he was curious if it will turn out that the story is true, or if it was just for revenge, or some other explanation. He wasn’t passing judgment on her–he was saying he’s curious how this will play out. Nothing more.

      • Jimmy zero

        that’s not what clueless meant when she said “if it’s true, if it’s revenge”. See, the comma is there two separate the two possibilities. You totally msread that.

      • Dolce

        Also, Clue is a she. Highly unlikely she would take a harsh stance like that. As pointed out above, it’s all in the punctuation.

      • clueless1der

        Wow. Way to misread what I say, there buddy.

        The info came out on TMZ first, and I tend to disbelieve that just as a matter of principle. Her being assaulted is hearsay until proved. No, I do not tend to believe everyone who has a suit against someone famous.

        However, if it is true… then HIC’s balls should be chopped off.

        IMHO.

        Next time if you want to go off, maybe you should make sure you actually read the comment first.

        • Rcatz

          I’m sure three replies telling him he misread is enough….

  • sv

    Man, I can only hope it’s just not true… That would be catastrophic, first and above all for that woman, but for the show because I can’t imagine that they would keep Desmond in the show after that….And the story would really suffer from such a loss πŸ™

    • elephant in the room

      That is the first thing I thought. I read this about my beloved Des and I thought, “OH goodness, the last time we saw him he was shot. He’s not gonna be the one that they kill off, is he??? I truly believe his story is not finished, but this is Lost. This ordeal could be WAY worse than the whole DUI/DWI debacle.

  • I have no exact idea of the facts or the incident that really happened.. I just want to say that hope the truth will soon come out.. Hope that the girl is not inventing some stories.. I was just wondering why she didn’t do anything when Cusick allegedly did those acts to her… Why didn’t she slap him or push him away or rather scream to stop the harassment.. Why did it come to a point of massaging her breasts.. Just wondering.. Hope the truth will soon come out..

    • Shaun

      How do you know she didn’t try to do that? I haven’t seen that discussed one way or the other in any of the reports? If it’s all true, she might’ve been too frightened, or felt threatened, to do anything. None of us were there, so I don’t think we can judge that.

    • Pflavia

      Obviously, you have never had this happen to you. I too, hope the truth comes out quickly and whomever is the guilty party, is dealt with.

      Men who sexually harrass women are too smart to be easily dealt with, particularly if they are in a position of power, like, say, your boss or a star on a major series. They start by flirting. Nothing obvious enough to rate a slap or a scream. If you ignore them, they take it as a challenge and keep it up. If you smile or respond in any other way, no matter how deprecatingly, they take it as encouragement and it all escalates before you know what’s happening. They are adept at making you feel guilty or look bad when they were just “being friendly”, and at catching you when no one is around. Some even become violent if you try to push them away. There’s a reason they are called Sexual Predators.

      • Michel

        Wow…. sounds like a typical tv clichΓ© to me, right up to the use of the nefarious term “Sexual Predators”. I’m sorry, but until I hear there’s some actual violence involved, most of these cases are not valid for me. Sexual banter is common everywhere, and if he feels encouraged, is normal for him for proceed. I know I’m being far from partial here, but when someone says that she suffered a miscarriage out of… uhm, lewd sounds and gestures, I tend to think of the high probability of this woman having some real nervous disorders. Where I see the true crime here was on ABC firing her… but have you ever wondered why most allegedly sexual harassers are in a position of power? That’s right…

        … because they have the money to sue for.

        • Penelope

          She got fired after working for the company for 10 years. Stress can induce miscarriages. Violence comes in many forms. If you put your hands on another person and that gesture is unwelcome, that is a form of battery. There’s a difference between being a cynic and being ignorant.

    • tabletop1

      NEWS READER, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. Defending yourself from sexual harassment is usually not as simple or easy as “pushing someone away.” And even if you can push that someone away, that does NOT negate the sexually harassment in the first place.

  • cap10tripps

    Definitely sounds fishy. Either way, I know who my money is on for the next major death in the show…

    • Shaun

      Sorry for being a broken record, but I don’t know how anyone can determine that it’s “fishy” just based on a news report. I hope it’s not true, but the accuser is upset about something… Let the legal system determine the truth.

      Anyhow, I wonder now if any of this has had anything to do with the lack of Desmond on the show this season and I also wonder if he’s next on the chopping block too.

      • cap10tripps

        It’s fishy mostly because it didn’t come out untill two years later, and it’s somebody who was fired. I certainly don’t think anyone is stupid enough to fire someone after a sexual harassment claim unless they really f’d up or there was no said sexual harassment mentioned before or at the time of termination. It sounds like a disgruntled employee who possibly had a failed beginnings to an affair. If there was any real validity to it, I suspect something would’ve been done much sooner than this. Of course this is America, so it’s possible we just want to waste taxpayer money for a few years…

  • Cecil

    It is very wrong to either assume Mr. Cusick to be guilty or that this young lady is lying. All we can hope for is the truth to come out and for our justice system to work.

  • tabletop1

    If the character of Desmond is still needed and Henry Ian Cusick is out, they will probably hire a new actor. The story has always been stronger than any individual actor.

    • Michel

      H.I. Cusick is out? Says who?

      This sounds to me like one of those “recast the Joker for B3” debates. Ugh.

      • tabletop1

        Who else could play Desmond? Hmmm. Must think about this… Probably an unknown would be the best choice.

        • Michel

          Wait a minute… wait a minute… who said Cusick is getting fired from the show? Who? Come on.

          I really hate recast debates. They’re usually endless and sterile. Hpefully the writers can think rewrite things out for the sake of continuity…

          … wait, scratch that… hopefully Cusick isn’t leaving the show. REALLY.

    • clueless1der

      Ehhh… he’s been shot. if ABC needs to kill him off, it would be fairly easy enough.

  • Michel

    The great Elizabeth Mitchell once played a lawyer in Boston Legal defending a man she was representing against sexual harassment charges… and she makes an excellent point: more than 80% percent of the time, sexual harassment charges are the very definition of frivolity and laws are sexist, designed to represent the woman as inferior and incapable of handling these kind of situations. I don’t know if this case right here is actually valid or not, I’m just making some conversation. In any case, she shouldn’t be suing Ian Cusick, but ABC for firing her. Sexual harassment cases are usually too messy to define anything.

  • RMutualFriend

    ::Puts figures in ears::

    LA LA LA…

    • RMutualFriend

      ::takes out figures and puts in fingers::

      • Lost Mom of Four

        lol…
        Keep your figures OUT of your ears…
        AND your fingers…! πŸ™‚

  • neoloki

    ABC will probably give her a bunch of money to make it go away. These things are messy and it ends up being she said, he said with very little facts or information to make an appropriate decision. Unfortunately making an accusation sometimes leads to people automatically finding the man guilty regardless if it is true or not.

  • neoloki

    I missed this on first read:

    The plaintiff is also reporting emotional distress, physical sickness and a miscarriage which she claims was a result of the incident.

    grouping, fondling, lewd gestures and sounds would cause a miscarriage? Physical sickness? I find that strange, but maybe someone has an idea to clear this up. And if it was that bad why did she only report it once.

    It seems their is a lot of missing information here. We should be careful of jumping to conclusions about Cusick.

    • horselover

      I think her claim is that the emotional distress she suffered caused the miscarriage. I suspect that would be almost impossible to prove in court, even in a civil case (lower burden of proof than criminal cases).

      Either way though, they’ll pay her off like you said. Whether it’s true or not won’t really matter, except that the strength of her case will dictate the amount she gets.

      Also, you’re right that we shouldn’t assume anything about Cusick with the limited info we have.

  • Tyler Cheman a.k.a. Sam Radzinsky

    FREE DESMOND!

  • budcath

    This happened in 2007 for god’s sake. Why wait until 2009 to file a suit. She could have called the police when it happened and had him charged with sexual assault. There is indeed something rotten in Denmark about this.

  • chad

    I just hope it can all be worked out in time for him to return to the island. I know it’s not nice to joke about these things, but when I first saw the headline I was thinking Hurley filed the suit because of when Des was running around naked. Ok sorry about that.

    • mg

      Lmao, that would of been a better story to read about though.

  • I just hope none of this is true for her sake and for his

    • Dolce

      Me too.

    • clueless1der

      Me three.

    • Lost Mom of Four

      And again for me also…

  • seenitlovedit

    I have read this story on several news outlets today and I just have to say something. Sexual Harrassment is by definition any unwanted act or comment that can be interpretted as sexual by the person the act is committed on. That being said are we really to believe that Mr. Cusick made comments or physical jestures to the one person on the planet that the would be deemed as unwanted. Please tell this isn’t so. There are billions of people in this world and she is likely the only woman that would see this as unwanted. In my opinion she was chalkin it up to a great story for friends, and then someone pointed out the potential for profit 2 years later. This happens very often to celebrities, and frankly i feel sorry for them. It wasn’t that long ago that another beloved actor was accused of sexually harrassing a stripper at a strip club. Another actor was walking down the street and swinging his arms and tapped a woman’s backside. Both of these cases were thrown out of court. Hopefully someone will take into account the profit potential that this alleged victim has put herself in. She will probably get a settlement and a Lifetime movie special.

    • triangulatedsignal

      well said seenit

    • cap10tripps

      Lol, sexually harassing a stripper. This is exactly why women everywhere should push for serious penalties against those who make their plight seem trivial…

    • KeepingAwake

      You have a lot to learn.

      “There are billions of people in this world and she is likely the only woman that would see this as unwanted.”

      If you honestly believe that, you are going to have a difficult life.

      • triangulatedsignal

        i dont agree with that part keeping awake, i should have been more specific, my agreement is with the comment that this happens a lot to celebrities

      • seenitlovedit

        first i do not honestly believe that all women would want this type of attention. I was trying to illustrate a point using an exaggeration. For example, when someone feels like no one likes them. this could not possibly be true because the person could not possibly know everyone. My point is that celebrities are often accused of doing things by people looking to make money. I regret the implication that Mr. Cusick is irresistable to all women. I hope you can find away for us to get past this.

    • Cecil

      That is an ass-ignorant thing to say. Every woman on the planet wants to be groped and motorboated by Henry Ian Cusick? Just like Kobe Bryant COULDN’T have possibly raped that woman because every woman wants him?

      Their celebrity has NOTHING to do with it. They are human beings. Human beings are naturally horny creatures. All animals are. It’s in our DNA. Being a celebrity doesn’t stop you from making advances to women, nor does it give you a magic potion that makes all women want to sleep with you.

      Statements like what you just said are one of the few things that can make me feel genuinely ashamed to be of the male gender.

      • seenitlovedit

        for you information i am a female and i still feel this way. him being a celebrity has everything to do with this. you can’t honestly believe that him being a celebrity is not the reason he is being sued instead of arrested.

        • Cecil

          I didn’t say it had nothing to do with the suit, I said it has nothing to do with the biological impulse of the human being to seek out sexual companionship. If you had actually read the paragraph, you would’ve gotten that.

          Bottom line, you can’t say “she’s lying because he’s a celebrity” or “she’s lying because all women want him and no woman would refuse his advances” just like you can’t say “he’s guilty because he’s a man” or “he’s guilty because all celebrities abuse their power.”

          To assume guilt or innocence without due process serves to make a mockery of our justice system as well as to make a mockery of yourself.

          By the way, I love how you work “beloved actor” into your original post, which to me is implying that well-liked people aren’t capable of things like this. Which to me seems asinine both on that front and the folliwing: if I was going to falsely accuse someone of sexual harassment I certainly wouldn’t choose someone that the public loves. That invites the same type of scorn and automatic denial that you yourself are exhibiting. Wouldn’t it make more sense to accuse someone that the public hates (if lying for money is your thing) to get public opinion on your side?

          Back to my original point: he’s a mammal. His societal worth has nothing to do with his capability to commit sexual harassment.

          • triangulatedsignal

            i dont think there was any bad feeling meant by seenitlovedit. obviously this is hard because henry as an actor and des as a character is someone we have grown to like a lot, and due to this none of us want to see him guilty. my stance is no opinion on guilty or innocent until proven. πŸ™‚

          • seenitlovedit

            you are obviously unaware that in our justice system, the rule is “innocent until proven guilty”. not no opinion until evidence is produced. look it up.

          • Cecil

            “To assume guilt or innocence without due process serves to make a mockery of our justice system as well as to make a mockery of yourself.”

            Yeah, I totally was unaware. Thanks.

            Um. I think “innocent until proven guilty” and “no opinion until evidence is produced” mean exactly the same thing. To form an opinion without evidence is to assume innocence or to assume guilt. This is the exact thing that we pre-screen our jurors for, to make sure they HAVEN’T FORMED OPINIONS BEFORE THEY’VE SEEN THE EVIDENCE.

            It’s okay to have an opinion as an objective party, but in my book having an opinion based on assumptions that are not only wrong but outright offensive is not okay. Maybe things work differently for you.

  • Michel

    Whatever the case, the press should have stayed out of this UNTIL the veredict was delivered, or a settlement agreed. Even if he’s innocent, after the news start to spread the word it’s all a matter of time before his reputation is completely tainted.

    • Cecil

      Haha. “Press” and “should” in the same sentence is going to invariably be the opposite outcome of whatever your idea is.

      • Michel

        Add the word “lawyers” to that equation.

  • RodimusBen

    What a shame that something like this has to muddy up the production of LOST. At this point none of us can claim to have any inkling of the real facts, but there’s no denying the damage this does to the show.

  • imfromthepast

    who would have guessed way back in Season 2 that the Incident would turn out to be Desmond sexually harassing a DHARMA girl?!
    I wonder how Desmond ends up on the Island in 1977 in the first place?

    MAN, I LOVE THIS SHOW!

    • cap10tripps

      Lol. Yes that’s it, the incident! LOST mystery solved. Although I don’t think it happened in 1977, because he would’ve just been called a playboy by his friends and co-workers (plus we would’ve never heard about it). More than likely he saw Jin’s absence from 2007 as the chance he was waiting for…

      • Michel

        uhmmm…. are you two aware that someone MAY have his/her life ruined right now and you’re making geek jokes about it?

        …Just checking.

        • cap10tripps

          Oh sorry, let’s be all serious and pretend we know HIC for real. Okay here goes… Awww man, I’m so bummed. I really hope he’s not guilty. He seems like such a good guy in that fictional show we all know and love. Henry, if you’re reading this (and I know you are) I’m so sorry if my comments were incensitive. Sometimes my SENSE OF HUMOR gets the best of me. See you in another life brotha.

          Seriously dude, relaxabate…

          • elephant in the room

            hahahahaha!!!!

        • Gripp

          Don’t worry man, even if HIC’s career goes down the drain he will land on his feet. Worst case scenario? We introduce him to Josh who then teaches him how to Make Cash.

          • cap10tripps

            Lol, I was totally just wondering if the regulars on here could sign something to acknowledge that we all know Josh will teach us to make cash if we want him to, and then we would stop recieving the pop-up every time we log on…

          • Dolce

            OMG! I thought Josh was only trying to reach me personally because he knows I need money. I no longer feel special.

        • imfromthepast

          Yes, and yes. What of it?

        • Michel

          Oh, good to see no one cares when others are having difficult times. Hehe, let’s then laugh at all the women who ahve lost their children, born or pre-born. Let’s chuckle at all the unemployed men sleeping under bridges. Heeheehee.. let’s mock all those porcine flu death cases, or all the people with infant trauma cases… all the separated families, all the people with REAL problems…. as opposed to us who may or may not have to suffer a production problem with our favourite TV show……

          …. oh, or we only make jokes about famous, rich people with problems?
          Hmmm… schadenfreude.

          • cap10tripps

            Wow dude… May I steal a line from “Good Will Hunting” and say, It’s not your fault. You really need to lighten up holmes. You’re a total downer…

          • jimmy zer0

            Ok, you go waste your life admonishing people on the web for not feeling bad for the 6 billion people on the planet who all have shitty things happen to them. We will all stay here and laugh and joke and play, and NONE of us will get into heaven or whatever it is that you expect you will be rewarded with for being such a pretentious d-bag.

          • imfromthepast

            You forgot people with no legs and no arms, and their ironic names, like Ilene proped up against a wall, or Bill in a mailbox.

            BTW, I have noticed a profound lack of connection between what I type in the comments section of this blog and the general well being of the planet. Neither HIC’s behavior nor the woman’s circumstances will change one bit as a result of what I type, so get over it.

          • Michel

            Tell that yo Sushi12, Imfrom. πŸ™‚

            An, all of you, don’t give me that bs. 9 responses, and 6 of them to a two-line comment. Too many justifications, specially when you could all I say “I make jokes because I really don’t care”. But all I see here is guilt talking. And that’s because you do care, and you’re all tense because you’re afraid this may hurt the show. The really ironic thing is that, the more you talk about it, the more you perpetuate an idea that may be as mischievous as the Pearl Station.

            If what you care about is the show, at least, then you’re only playing the press game, and ruining it for others, a little bit.

            So again, tell that to Sushi12, thank you.

          • Michel

            Oh, and cappie… you get down way too easily, man. Trust me, darkness will you not swallow you if you drop the joking πŸ˜‰

          • cap10tripps

            HALLELUJA I AM SAVED!!! Fonzie be praised…

          • Michel

            Hmm, that sounded bitter.
            Let’s forget this particular debate between us, for the sake of staying on topic. πŸ™‚

  • ghanima

    Hmm- being dismissed for reporting sexual harassment violates a few laws. ABC has far more money than HIC- why didn’t she sue them for wrongful dismissal?

    Really hope HIC is not a pervert.

    Must now try to actively disassociate my favorite character from the actor who portrays him until this is all worked out. Desmond didn’t do anything…

    • cap10tripps

      I would imagine ABC has his back. Sounds like a classic case of disgruntled ex-employee. Even if there is validity to her claim (which I doubt after reading known facts) she will be portrayed as such. I’m going to assume she is hoping to settle out of court a’la Kobe Bryant or it will be thrown out of court…

      • Cecil

        This is exactly what EVERYONE said when Anucha Browne Sanders sued the New York Knicks for sexual harassment. “Classic case of disgruntled ex-employee.” The media killed her and the fan message boards killed her. Then the trial came around, and the atrocious circus of sexual misconduct that was the New York Knicks organization was revealed. The actual facts are outright bizarre, and if you’re looking for a comical take on it, Bill Simmons wrote an excellent piece.

        I guess my point is don’t make assumptions either way, as I’ve tried to plead for in multiple posts throughout this thread.

        • cap10tripps

          True dat. I just can’t believe someone would be so rediculously dumb to fire someone after a sexual harassment claim. It puts the entire network on trial. The Knicks situation differed in that Ms. Sanders brought it to light immediately. It took a little time to come to light in the media but not 2-3 years. It was a case where she felt her rejection of Thomas’s advances lead directly to her firing. The legal system agreed with her assessment. You’re right to not assume, but I’m just giving my best guess. It’s probably sprinkled with some hope, but either way Desmond Hume is one of my favorite all time television characters…

          • wedestroymyths

            I agree–a network would be foolish to fire someone for reporting sexual harassment charges. That being said, it takes a lot of individuals to make up a network, and believing all of them are smart enough to ‘do the right thing’ is about as difficult to believe as most conspiracy theories and works on the same principle.

            That being said, this doesn’t sound as unbelievable as I’d like, but it’s really none of our business and we should let it be and let the system sort it out.

    • triangulatedsignal

      ghanima she is suing abc and henry

  • cap10tripps

    Just had a great idea. Instead of polar bears, this year they should bring out (cue song) “sexual harassment panda.” What a great LOST moment that would be…

    • Michel

      Hmm… I was wondering when the sexual harassment jokes would start popping up around.

      • cap10tripps

        Here’s another one. What if while the sexual harassment panda is chasing Sawyer, the masturbating bear runs through the background. Now that’s entertainment…

        • elephant in the room

          Do you think Conan will bring the masturbating bear over to The Tonight Show? Gosh, I hope so, that shit is so f-ing stupid it makes me cry (or pee a little).

          • cap10tripps

            Nah, unfortunately he retired the bear on one of the last Late Night episodes. But here’s to hoping for a surprise appearance…

  • Dolce

    I think we all need to take a step back here for a moment and let it play out. We either have a case of a beloved actor doing something completely unacceptable, an employee of ABC making an unfounded accusation, or a misinterpreted social exchange. Or possibly, a complete fabrication ( please don’t flame me, I’m just trying to cover all bases ). I personally don’t know what to think, but it’s not up to me, or anyone else not personally affected. Let’s hope it was a misunderstanding that can be resolved between the two parties, or, if a true crime, where the offender will be duely punished. Whoever the offender may turn out to be.

    • cap10tripps

      Well said senator. That basically sums it up. Now for the real issue at hand for us LOSTaholics. Can we please stop the two week hiatus!? It takes so much steam out of an insanely well built plot. It forces us to focus on such a meaningless subject to the matter at hand on this site (the actual show). Please Doc, anyone, post a theory…

      • triangulatedsignal

        why dont you send us a theory and maybe we can post it πŸ˜‰
        no seriously though, i think doc has been busy and i guess everyone else has made the most of their week off, and i cannnot blame them really, they put a lot of work into the site.
        the forums are still active with theories etc, you should check it out πŸ™‚

        • cap10tripps

          I’ve been on every LOST site, and this (and thetailsection before) is the best one. Not an indictment on Doc and the other contributors but a total indictement on ABC and the underhand way of schmoozing us with promises of 16 heart pounding episodes in a row. Now this is twice we have to come up with things outside the actual story to talk about while we wait two weeks. Terrible…

  • wedestroymyths

    Ah, for those saying “why not sue ABC” a quick look at the documents indicate that she is, in fact, suing ABC. Cusick is only listed as a ‘co-worker’ while ABC seems to be the defendant or whatever. That’s all–none of my business.

  • the Incident

    Maybe this is the incident that leads to the swan station / 108 minute button pushing?

    Also, this woman is obviously lying.

    • Andy W.

      “Also, this woman is obviously lying.”

      ***Obviously*** lying? There’s nothing obvious either way–you don’t have anywhere near enough information to make a judgment about this either way, so there’s no reason to jump to such a harshly negative conclusion.

  • the Incident

    “groping and fondling her, and making lewd sounds and gestures”

    I mean come on…. Who hasn’t done this once or twice? I mean come on.

    • Madge

      Yes, but once you graduate high school you should be grown up enough and more respectful of other people.

  • NPB
  • stweedle

    Have no idea on this whatsoever, but could criminal charges be brought up? Is there a statue of limitations on something like this?
    It seems to me that if this was a sexual harassment situation, criminal charges could be brought against him. I know for a fact that in the state of Florida if you touch someone against their will it could be considered battery(happened to someone close to me). Seems she would’ve been on better ground if a criminal complaint was filed rather than right to a civil suit, but as someone mentioned earlier, less burden of proof for a civil case.
    On the other hand, she has to know that she is making a accusation about a popular figure in the media right now. For her to be proven wrong…seems like a huge risk to take to not have some sort of firm ground.

  • Dave Thompson

    Smells like bullshit

  • sushi12

    Whether or not it’s true, Desmond/HIC has been ruined for me. I can’t look past this πŸ™

    • Michel

      Come on! Get a grip, keep it together, don’t let a bunch of speculators ruin the show for you.

  • doyousmellcarrots

    I honestly don’t believe this, the guy played jesus before he played desmond for heaven’s sake. plus he’s married with children. this has got to be a load of polar bear poop.

    • Madge

      I hope you’re just being sacrcastic.

      I don’t want to believe that HIC would do anything inappropriate, but just because he’s played Jesus and is married doesn’t immediately disqualify him from being a lech.

      • doyousmellcarrots

        I’m not being sarcastic I have seen interviews with him that highlight his faith, moral code and dedication to his family, I just can’t imagine him acting the way this woman describes for any reason other than if that sort of thing were to be in a script he was performing.

        • Madge

          Well people, particularly actors who are trying to build a fanbase, will usually portray themselves as one thing in the spotlight when they’re actually nothing like that in real life. Gay actors marry, men will say how much they love their wives and then beat them when they’re alone. You just can’t take everything at face value.
          I’m not saying this is the case here, just saying that you can’t really know a person by how they’re interviewed and parts they’ve played. I’ve read where Mr. Cusick talked about how he thought about joining the priesthood and how important religion was to him, but he also had 3 kids out of wedlock which goes against what the church teaches.

          I hate that this whole thing happened, he’s my favorite on the show. I’m not making a judgement either way but I’m also not going to say that it’s impossible for him to have done this. I don’t know the man. In my mind I wouldn’t say the accusations amount ‘harassment’, but he may have been inappropriately playful with someone who didn’t appreciate it. Not every woman is going to welcome that sort of attention because he’s a hottie.

          • Michel

            The problem with this scandal thing is that it creates a very unconfortable brechtian distance from the show if you pay any attention to it. Lost is like a magic stage show… to fully enjoy it, you must NOT enter the magician’s dressing room. Ever. You do not create distance from such an instense show as Lost, you dive right into it.

          • Madge

            Yeah, I can seperate the character from the actor. All the DUIs didn’t affect my watching and those behaviors are probably worse than HICs in my mind. This whole thing is just a shame though.

  • Yvonne

    Did you notice the document was signed by Jacob?

  • kate

    All this is very upsetting, and I keep looking for news because I can’t imagine how horrible this is for the woman if she’s telling the truth, Ian’s family whatever the truth is and for Ian if he’s been falsely accused. I’m told this likely took 18 months because of the due process, not because the woman necessarily held back, but one point does strike me. How on earth is he supposed to defend himself after 18 months? There might have been people at the time who witnessed something, but if the accusation is not true no-one who might have been able to say that is going to remember where they were “on or about” 16 Oct 2007, and it doesn’t help that it’s not even clear what the date was.

  • Any news on this topic? Good news hopefully??

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