Paul Mann was an influential acting coach who taught Sidney Poitier and Faye Dunaway.
Eight actresses brought charges against Mann in a 1984 civil suit, seeking a total of $1.8 million for inducing them to perform sex acts. The trial, which lasted a week and a half, largely consisted of the women’s testimony, though Mann did take the stand in his own defense to claim that he’d never had sex with 7 of the women, and that one had “sexually attacked” him.
A jury in Manhattan’s State Supreme Court found Mann guilty of sexual abuse, but ordered him to pay his former students a total of only $12,000, amounting to a per person award of $1,000 to $2,000.
Paul Mann died of a stroke the following year.