- Last Updated: 4:40 AM, March 31, 2012
- Posted: 2:15 AM, March 31, 2012
The Oscar-winning writer of “Moonstruck” and “Doubt” who is accused of engaging in a violent sexual relationship with a young indie-film actress said yesterday he was stunned by the allegations and claimed she was being exploited.
John Patrick Shanley, 61, was slapped Thursday with a $5 million lawsuit by former flame Amanda Jencsik, 26, who claims he nearly choked her to death with a belt during their kinky four-month tryst in 2010 and that he would slap and restrain her during sexual intercourse.
“I dated Amanda Jencsik several times,” Shanley said in a statement. “Our relationship was totally consensual. It ended some time ago. We never exchanged a harsh word. I am distressed and surprised to see her being exploited this way. I wish her well.”
He angrily refused further comment outside his East 18th Street apartment yesterday.
In the suit, Jencsik contends that when the couple first met on Facebook in 2009, “She looked to [him] as a possible mentor.”
Shanley is no stranger to that scenario, or even violent sex — both were themes of his 2003 play, “Dirty Story,” in which a young aspiring novelist hopes an older, celebrated writer will become her mentor, but ends up in a sadomasochistic relationship with him instead.
In the play, the older writer, Brutus, convinces the young novelist, Wanda, to role-play as Pauline, the damsel in distress who is tied to railroad tracks as a train approaches. Brutus tightly binds and gags his protégé with her legs open, and then threatens her with an electric saw until she believes she is about to die.
Jencsik alluded to cruelty in her lawsuit, accusing Shanley of restraining and sodomizing her.
“[She] believed that [he] was trying to kill her while having this type of intercourse with her,” the suit alleges.
In another shocking charge, the Brooklyn-born bombshell claimed Shanley would place his hands “over [her] mouth and neck” during sex, and asked her numerous times during their encounters, “Do you feel like I’m raping you?”
Jencsik claimed she never went to authorities because of her mental state and because she was afraid of him.
“The defendant intimidated [her] by stating he was an ex-Marine and that he could find out any information through Google and Internet resources,” the suit alleges.
Jencsik also accused Shanley of sodomizing her while he “grabbed his belt and wrapped it around [her] neck and pulled the belt, preventing [her] from breathing.”