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Son of Dennis Hopper Sued for Sexual Battery and the Drugging of a Minor


Henry Hopper, son of the late Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper, is being sued by a woman who alleges the young actor sexually assaulted her 16 year-old daughter at his Venice, California home after plying her with drugs and alcohol.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2012 and obtained by the gossip hound website TMZ, and claims the 21 year-old Hopper met the alleged victim, who was 15 at the time, through a mutual friend and that the two began communicating on Facebook shortly thereafter.  After inviting her to his home, he “engaged in sexually offensive conduct with her,” getting her drunk and engaging in sexual intercourse, oral copulation, and sodomy.

The mother of the girl claims that the incidents occurred on multiple occasions between April 2011 and February 2012 and that her daughter has since suffered from mental and emotional stress, as well as other injuries, requiring treatment from mental health care professionals.  The suit alleges that “The minor was hurt and injured in her mental health, sustaining shock and injury to her nervous system, all of which caused her great mental and nervous strain, pain, suffering and emotional distress.”

According to Reuters, it is unclear if criminal charges were ever filed against Henry Hopper.  The Daily Beast reports that Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told them her office has been contacted by local police of an investigation involving Hopper, and little is known about the young thespian, other than he was enrolled in weekend acting classes at Los Angeles’s Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute as a teenager and matriculated at the California Institute of the Art, where he dropped out after one year.  In 2011, he had a starring role in the film Restless, directed by Gus Van Zant.

In early 2012, Hopper was photographed purchasing Grey Goose vodka and Red Bulls from a liquor store in Venice Beach with notorious shit magnet Lindsay Lohan, receiving an introduction to tabloid scrutiny in the process.  He is slated to appear opposite James Franco and Mila Kunis in the upcoming film Tar, a biopic on the life of poet C.K. Williams.

Henry Hopper is the third Dennis Hopper’s four children, born to the elder Hopper and his fourth wife, actress Katherine LaNasa.  Dennis Hopper, who died in 2010 at age 74 from prostate cancer, is best remembered for roles in such classic films as Rebel without a Cause, Giant, Cool Hand Luke, Hang ‘em High, and Easy Rider.  Mr. Hopper was a notorious addict before achieving sobriety in the mid- 1980’s.  Tales of his drug excesses and alcoholic binges became legendary, even as his acting career declined in the early 1970’s.



  1. Kenneally, Tim.  “Dennis Hopper’s son accused of sexually battering underage girl.”  Chicago Tribune.  Reuters.  01 August 2012.  Web.  01 August 2012.
  2. TMZ Staff.  “Dennis Hopper’s Son Accused of Raping 15-Year-Old Girl.”  TMZ.
  3. Lee, Chris.  “Trouble for Henry Hopper.”  The Daily Beast.  31 July 2012.  Web.  01 August 2012.
By Greg L.

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