Angry Ex Hits 'Moonstruck' Scribe With Sex Lawsuit
John Patrick Shanley denies allegations by Amanda Jencsik
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2012 4:25 PM CDT
Screenwriter John Patrick Shanley attends the 'The Rum Diary' New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art on October 25, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A former flame of John Patrick Shanley has hit the writer with a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly abusing her during a violent sexual relationship, the New York Post reports. But 61-year-old Shanley, the Oscar-winning author of "Moonstruck" and "Doubt," denies that he committed any non-consensual sex acts during his four-month fling with Amanda Jencsik, 26. “I dated Amanda Jencsik several times,” said Shanley. "Our relationship was totally consensual. ... We never exchanged a harsh word."

"I am distressed and surprised to see her being exploited this way," he added. "I wish her well.” Jencsik's lawsuit claims that during sex, Shanley covered her mouth and neck, asked whether she felt "like I'm raping you," and wrapped his belt "around [her] neck and pulled the belt, preventing [her] from breathing." Coincidence or not, Shanley is no stranger to the subject: His 2003 play "Dirty Story" depicted a horrifying sadomasochistic relationship between a successful writer and his young female protégé.

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Mar 31, 2012 9:52 PM CDT
Skinny ties (3/4" wide)? ...a rumpled suit jacket layered over a sweater? ...that kyle-machlachlan doo? Everything this guy wears (including that hair) is so 1989. Can someone send him the last 20 years of fashion mags?
Mar 31, 2012 5:07 PM CDT
"Yes, well, everybody in Casablanca has problems. Yours may work out." --Rick, in 'Casablanca'
Mar 31, 2012 4:37 PM CDT
He said, she said, I'm bored.