The Dark Side of Franco Zeffirelli: Abuse Accusers Speak Out Upon the Famed Director's Death

The Dark Side of Franco Zeffirelli: Abuse Accusers Speak Out Upon the Famed Director's Death
Actor Johnathon Schaech was clearing a tree that had fallen in his backyard in Nashville over the weekend when his phone began to buzz with messages. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli had died at home in Rome at 96, and Schaech’s friends were reaching out, worried about what news of the filmmaker’s passing might stir in him. One friend who texted was a Lutheran pastor from Long Island named Justin Vetrano, 45, with whom Schaech shares a painful bond: both men say Zeffirelli sexually assaulted them when they were young actors.

In January of 2018, Schaech became one of Hollywood’...
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