Franco Zeffirelli's son, Pippo Zeffirelli, has responded to "Romeo and Juliet" stars, Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey's $500 million lawsuit against Paramount Pictures.
The actors alleged that they were abused while filming the Franco-directed movie.
Pippo called it "embarrassing" that the duo were suing.
He shared that the duo had gained "notoriety" through the film.
He also pointed out that they had praised the movie in various interviews in the past.
In a different statement, Hussey and Whiting's attorney, Solomon Gresen, claimed that the late Franco "violated" his clients.
The pair's manager, Tony Marinozzi, said the director violated his clients' trust.
Franco had faced sexual misconduct allegations in the past.
At least two actors have publicly stated that the director had sexually harassed them.