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$3m for victim as movie ace found guilty in sex case

BATMAN producer Jon Peters has been found guilty of sexual harassment and ordered to pay more than $3m to a former personal assistant.

The jury awarded Shelly Morita $822,000 in damages. They found that Peters created a hostile work environment and acted with malice, which led to a second phase of the trial in which they awarded Morita an additional $2.5m.

Peters, whose producing credits include The Color Purple and The Bonfire of the Vanities, was not present for the verdicts. Along with former business partner Peter Guber, he also ran Sony Pictures movie studio for a time.

Morita, a 44-year-old single mother, claimed Peters inappropriately touched her and alleged that he crawled into bed with her during the filming of Superman Returns.

Peters is to appeal.