Lost's Henry Ian Cusick sued for sexual harassment

Lost star Henry Ian Cusick is being sued by a former ABC employee who alleges sexual battery and harassment against the actor.

According to the suit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles court and posted in its entirety at E! Online, Cusick, who plays Desmond Hume on the show, allegedly squeezed and placed his face on the plaintiff’s breasts, kissed her on the mouth, and caressed the back of her body while making moaning sounds. The plaintiff claims the incident occurred on the set of the hit series on or about October 16, 2007, and that she was she was fired 12 days later, in retaliation for reporting Cusick’s behavior. She is seeking unspecified damages in the suit, which also names ABC Entertainment Inc., and Grass Skirt Productions as defendants.

The plaintiff had been employed by ABC since 1997, according to the suit, and had reported her allegations to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing prior to suing.

ABC spokespersons, the plaintiff’s attorney, and employees of Grass Skirt Productions were unable to be reached as of early Saturday afternoon. Check back at EW.com for more updates.

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  • Sean Johnson

    Awesome! that man is my hero!

  • kevin

    oh…this is unfortunate. I guess we’ll be saying goodbye to Desmond soon :( but why is she suing a year and a half later?

  • Morgan

    my only question is why would she sue so much later? seems fishy to me.

  • Melody

    I think it’s BS. He just doesn’t seem the type in interviews & fan connection. He must have blew her off and she’s angry.

  • tony

    The law firm is an ambulance chaser. Based on that and the fact it took her so long to file, I doubt this is anything but somebody looking for a quick settlement.

  • Lois

    Let’s not go getting hasty now, ABC…you can’t rid of Desmond! The whole is unfortunate indeed, though…

  • entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com

    I don’t like when these type of stories are reported because its a case of He said She said and usually false.



  • Don’tBlameTheVictim

    Sometimes shame and embarrassment is a factor in why women wait so long to pursue this type of thing. And this probably isn’t something she went into lightly. Hollywood is a very small town, and pursuing litigation is a gamble for her. She may never work again, you know? So kudos to her for speaking up.
    My sister had the same thing happen to her. Different, much bigger “star,” but she went through hell. The reason she didn’t come forward was because of speculation and scrutiny as to her motives. As seen in the comments below.
    Mr. Actor Man probably thought he could do whatever he wanted to this woman and get away with it because *gasp* HE’S ON THE TEEVEE!

  • entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com

    With all due respect -Don’t blame the victim- In almost all these cases its proven to be a false. Look what happened to actor Anthony Anderson. His career was almost destroyed by these type allegations which in his case were proven to be totally false. It was when he was filming Kangaroo Jack. A women accused him of rape.So until this is proven, It’s not even worth thinking about.



  • Anna!

    It’s hard to think about this “incident’ because we don’t have the context in which it happened. It didn’t happen in a vaccuum! He didn’t just walk up to her out of the blue, say hello, and motorboat her! What was said, and by whom? Did he think she was into it for some reason? She did apparently stand there long enough to let him get around the bases.
    The year-and-a-half lag is explained by her filing with California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which looks into your claim (but that can take up to 2 years apparently), and if they don’t find you are lying they give you a “Right To Sue” letter (so I’ve read on other sites and articles about this). Doesn’t mean they found out that there was harassment necessarily, but that’s what takes up so much time I guess.
    But the law firm is an ambulance chaser; if it’s true, why didn’t she choose a more reputable firm?
    Whatever happens, I hope he doesn’t leave the show. We’ve only got the rest of season 5 and then season 6 to go!

  • KC

    This is one of the worst things to happen! LOST is my favorite show, and I would hate to think that its producers or cast or crew would condone this, if it is true. There has been bullying and sexual harassment at my work, and Hollywood is notorious for this stuff. Everyone is afraid to speak up about it and victims are often the ones who are ostricized. However, at the same time, there has also been people at my work who manipulate the system and try to get others in trouble for their own gain. Hollywood is also notorious for this. I just hope people will have integrity and step forward with the truth, whatever that is. Whatever it is, this is a horrible shadow over such a good show, and will negatively impact how its story ends.

  • hannah

    this might tie in to why desmond has only been in like 3 episodes this season. probably why they decided to reunite him with penny last season. so as to tie his story up. and maybe even kill him this season.

  • Bailey

    It’s unfair for us to be so sure about who is lying and who is not. Nobody was there. While it does seem odd to me that this is coming up over a year later (Lost was just as popular in 2007 as it is now, so a publicity stunt doesn’t seem to fit, but why wait so long?) we shouldn’t take either’s side. Desmond is my favorite character on Lost (along with Sayid,) and him gone would crush me, so I only hope that whether he did this or not, it doesn’t affect the show. Charlie’s death was heart-wrenching for me, and a Desmond death would be equally disappointing. But I’m sure Lost will remain just as brilliant of a show without him.

  • Sam

    People are so quick to talk about that which they know nothing about-I promise you this the man is not innocent

    • Duncan

      You promise the man is not innocent?? How can you possibly know anything one way or the other?

  • Sam

    People are so quick to talk about that which they know nothing about-I promise you this the man is not innocent

    • CAM

      Sam at 959pm. What do you know about it? You say people shouldn’t talk about what they don’t know and then promise he isn’t innocent. Tell what you know.

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