RivCo School, Hollywood Actor At Center Of Sexual Misconduct Suit – Patch.com

RivCo School, Hollywood Actor At Center Of Sexual Misconduct Suit – Patch.com

RivCo School, Hollywood Actor At Center Of Sexual Misconduct Suit – Patch.com

MARIN COUNTY, CA — A Marin woman has filed a lawsuit alleging misconduct against a Riverside County private school and an actor who she accused of groping her, The Orange County Register reports.
The plaintiff, a former Idyllwild Arts Academy student identified as Jane Doe, was 16 at the time of the alleged misconduct, the report said. She is now 19.

Her complaint alleges that actor Keith Lewis, 59, engaged in a pattern of misconduct and that when she came forward, the school dismissed her allegations and removed her from a project, the report said.

Lewis was hired by the school and the plaintiff is suing on grounds of sexual harassment, sexual battery and negligence, the report said.

The plaintiff attended a Marin high school before transferring to Idyllwild Arts Academy after her sophomore year.
“Plaintiff was an outgoing and dynamic girl who was enthusiastic about the film industry and film production,” the complaint filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court said. “However, plaintiff’s dreams were crushed when she was sexually assaulted, abused, and harassed by the person she looked up to.”
Lewis has appeared in several feature films including “Pulp Fiction,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Last Action Hero,” according to his website.
His credits also include appearances in several soap operas including “The Young and the Restless” and “Days of Our Lives.”
Lewis told the news outlet that he was unaware of the allegations.
An attorney representing Idyllwild Arts Foundation denied the allegations, the report said.
“Idyllwild Arts takes allegations of sexual misconduct very seriously,” Cynthia G. Lawrence said Wednesday in an email to The Register. “Such allegations do not reflect the culture Idyllwild Arts has built and is committed to. We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment allowing our students the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential, personally, artistically and academically.”
Read more in The Orange County Register

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