Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Charlotte Kirk would like to set the record straight.
The actress at the center of two Hollywood sex scandals has already spoken out once, claiming in the spring of 2019 that she had a consensual affair with Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara .
But now Kirk wants to speak out again, this time to tell what she says is the true story — the one she was paid millions to cover up. The catch is that she has been forbidden from doing so, first by an arbitrator and then by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
Kirk’s firsthand account has nevertheless become part of the public record. In two sworn declarations filed in court last week, Kirk laid out a story of sexual misconduct at the upper echelons of Hollywood. She also said that she had suffered emotional anguish and the total destruction of her career.
“I am a pariah in the film industry, humiliated and unemployable,” she wrote.
Nothing involving Charlotte Kirk is quite that simple, however. On the other side of the ledger, she has been accused of extorting payments from a series of Hollywood power players.
She has been paid at least $3 million for her silence, according to court records. She also used her allegations to secure financing for her boyfriend’s film, “Nicole and O.J.,” in which she would star. She is now engaged to another director, Neil Marshall, who also cast her in a lead role, and who, according to an arbitrator’s ruling, also sought payments for his silence.
Kirk now alleges that she was unwittingly groomed at a young age into participating in “commercial sex.” According to her own account, she expected to be rewarded for various sexual acts with acting jobs. When those promises fell through, she hired a lawyer and obtained a settlement agreement that made the transaction explicit: in exchange for remaining silent about her sexual claims, she was to be cast in a series of films.
Those promises, she alleges, were also false. She was never cast in the promised roles. According to an arbitrator’s ruling, she has since sought additional payments.
Ron Meyer, who would later lose his job as NBCUniversal vice chairman over his liaison with Kirk, exploded in frustration when her attorneys initiated a claim against him in 2019, according to a draft complaint filed by Kirk’s former boyfriend in L.A. Superior Court.
“That f—ing c—,” Meyer said, according to the filing. “I did nothing wrong. All I did was f— her a couple of times. I did nothing wrong. That c—. I’ll take her down.”
A Meyer spokesman disputed that he made that statement.
Marty Singer, the attorney who represents several players in the scandal, called Kirk’s latest accusations part of “a multi-million-dollar civil extortion plot.”
Kirk grew up in the United Kingdom and came to the U.S. at the age of 19 to pursue an acting career. In March 2012, she was introduced to Avi Lerner , the head of Millennium Films. According to Kirk’s declaration, Lerner invited her to his house, where she performed oral sex on him. Kirk alleges that she was coerced, and that Lerner promised her movie roles in exchange.
“This was followed by additional instances of sexual abuse of me by him,” Kirk alleges.
Throughout her account, Kirk makes repeated reference to her Asperger’s diagnosis, which she contends made her vulnerable to being abused.“It makes me socially awkward, overly trusting, and easy to manipulate,” she wrote.She contends that she was placed in the same position as many other young actresses — forced either to reject sexual advances and suffer harm to her career, or to acquiesce and risk word of that getting […]