A lawsuit has been filed against Warren Beatty by a woman who alleges that the actor coerced her into sex in 1973, when she was 14 and he was 35.

Although Beatty isn't specifically named in the suit, it clearly references him as "a renowned and well-known actor and producer" who was nominated for an Oscar for his 1967 film 'Bonnie & Clyde'.

Kristina Hirsch says that she met Beatty on a film set in 1973 and he paid 'undue attention' to her. Her complimented her appearance, invited her to his hotel and referenced losing her virginity numerous times.

She claims in the suit that Beatty "used his position and status as an adult and a Hollywood movie star to coerce sexual contact with plaintiff on multiple occasions, including oral sex, simulated sex and finally coerced sexual intercourse with the minor child."

Hirsch said that she initially believed herself to be in a relationship with the actor and was "initially thrilled" by the attention.

Now, however, she says that she has suffered psychological, mental and emotional distress, and has “issues with trust and control”. She finds it difficult to interact with people in positions of authority as a result of sexual abuse.

Beatty, now 85, has not commented on the lawsuit.

If you have been affected by the issues raised in the story, you can contact the Rape Crisis Centre National 24-Hour Helpline at 1800 77 8888, at any time of day or night. They offer a free and confidential listening and support service for anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted, sexually harassed or sexually abused at any time in their lives.