Timothy Hutton has denied claims he sexually assaulted a model in 1983. Picture: AP
Timothy Hutton has denied claims he sexually assaulted a model in 1983. Picture: AP

Oscar winner denies teen rape claims

A former model has claimed Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton sexually assaulted her when she was 14 as a friend of his watched.

Sera Johnston told BuzzFeed News she was sexually assaulted by the Ordinary People star in Vancouver in 1983. Hutton has strongly denied the allegations.

Johnston, now 50, says that the alleged attack took place after she and two friends were invited to his hotel room, reports The Sun.

Hutton, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Ordinary People in 1981, was in town filming the movie Iceman.

 

Timothy Hutton’s TV series Almost Family has been axed in the wake of the allegations. Picture: Getty Images
Timothy Hutton’s TV series Almost Family has been axed in the wake of the allegations. Picture: Getty Images

"It was like we were entertaining them - cute," Ms Johnston told BuzzFeed News.

"We were funny, you know what I mean."

She claimed Hutton sat down next to her and "was getting very close to me, you know, really kind of sidling up to me, and petting my legs and stuff.

 

Timothy Hutton has been accused of secual assault. Picture: Getty Images
Timothy Hutton has been accused of secual assault. Picture: Getty Images

 

Model Sera Johnston has accused Timothy Hutton of sexual assault
Model Sera Johnston has accused Timothy Hutton of sexual assault

 

"I was just, like: I think this is going to be bad. I was really wrong about this," she told BuzzFeed.

Johnston said she told them "I don't think this is a good idea" and "I don't think my mother would be too happy about this.

 

The model claimed Timothy Hutton assaulted her around the time he was filming Iceman.
The model claimed Timothy Hutton assaulted her around the time he was filming Iceman.

 

The actor’s most recent TV series has been cancelled in the wake of the allegations. Picture: Supplied.
The actor’s most recent TV series has been cancelled in the wake of the allegations. Picture: Supplied.

"To everything I would say, it was, 'It'll be OK, it'll be OK. It won't last long and you'll be fine.'"

She claimed to BuzzFeed that Hutton was soon kissing her neck, and he would take off her clothes despite her pleas.

Johnston said the actor, who was about 24 at the time, told her that she would like it and that his pal would watch.

"It hurt like hell," she told BuzzFeed.

"I mean, it was very painful. God. Yeah, it was extremely painful.

"Horrible, horrible, absolutely horrible."

 

Timothy Hutton, with Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People, won an Oscar for his performance. Picture: Supplied
Timothy Hutton, with Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People, won an Oscar for his performance. Picture: Supplied

 

She said the "MeToo" movement inspired her to come forward with her allegations.

Hutton - who saw his TV show Almost Family cancelled after one season on Monday - has denied the allegations.

The show based on the Australian drama series called Sisters, which starred Magda Szubanski and Barry Otto.

Hutton said in a statement to entertainment news website Deadline that he has been the "target of multiple extortion attempts" by Johnston.

 

Timothy Hutton and Meg Ryan in the 1995 romantic comedy, French Kiss. Picture: Supplied
Timothy Hutton and Meg Ryan in the 1995 romantic comedy, French Kiss. Picture: Supplied

 

"She threatened that if I did not meet her demands, she would go to the press with a false allegation that I sexually assaulted her 37 years ago in Canada."

Hutton added that BuzzFeed "chose to publish Ms. Johnston's false story."

"BuzzFeed knew the truth because they were provided with documented evidence."

The actor added that "I will not stop fighting to expose this story for what it is - a failed extortion attempt based on something that never happened."

 

Timothy Hutton in scene from the 1985 film The Falcon and the Snowman. Picture: Supplied
Timothy Hutton in scene from the 1985 film The Falcon and the Snowman. Picture: Supplied

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.