Peters sued for alleged sexual harassment


A woman claims in a lawsuit that "Superman Returns" producer Jon Peters sexually harassed her and exposed himself to her and her 3-year-old daughter while she worked as his personal assistant.

Peters created a hostile work environment that eventually forced Shelly Morita to quit, according to the suit filed this week in Superior Court. It seeks unspecified damages.

Phone numbers for Peters or a representative could not be located Friday.

Morita began working for the producer in February 2005 but quit after about a year, the suit said.

According to the lawsuit, Peters frequently grabbed Morita's breasts, buttocks or legs, hugged and kissed her and made "rude, sexual and disparaging comments."

During filming of "Superman Returns" in Australia in July 2005, Peters crawled into her hotel room bed and refused to leave, the suit alleged.

Morita also claims that in August 2005, while working in Peters' home, she walked in on him as he was naked and waiting to get a massage. The suit claims Peters chased her and gave her a bear hug.

The suit also claims that last December, while on a trip to Peters' ranch in Santa Barbara, Peters exposed himself to Morita and her daughter, commenting, "Look what boys have!"

He later joked about it to other employees at the ranch, the suit claimed.

The suit names Peters and his companies, J.P Organization Inc. and Outback Pictures, Inc.