Original Divorce Documents Of Charlie Chaplin Found, Detail Accusations Of Minor Seduction, Sexual Depravity

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IN PHOTO: A reveller dressed as Charlie Chaplin displays a placard reading "I am the true Charlie" during the 87th carnival parade. REUTERS

Charlie Chaplin’s divorce papers revealed what his teenage wife Lita Grey endured under his hands. According to the divorce papers, Grey was seduced, impregnated and then asked to perform degrading sexual activities. 

According to the Times of London, the original copy of the 1927 divorce papers filed by the wife of Chaplin has now emerged. The document, spanning 50 pages, was found in an abandoned bank in LA. Even though the details of the said divorce documents were already before, this is the first time that the original documents have been uncovered. John Cabello, owner of UK company Parade Antiques, which is now selling the controversial document, explained where the documents came from. “We got it from a person in America who was told to clear out old documents at the bank. He was told they would be thrown away, and he kept them instead.”

The papers were the exact one that helped Grey got the world’s then largest divorce settlement of $825,000. The documents detailed Grey’s assertions that she was seduced when she was just 15 while Chaplin was 20 years her senior. Chaplin already knew Grey since she was just 8 years old, and later on, Grey acted alongside him in his movie “The Kid.” 

Grey became pregnant with his baby at 16 and refused to have an abortion, even though Chaplin wanted her to do so. Grey’s mother had to threaten Chaplin with charges before he agreed to marry her. They got married in 1924, when Grey was only 16. 

Based on the documents, Grey said she was demanded by her husband to carry out degrading and revolting sex acts. The said offensive sexual acts were illegal in California in the 1920s. Chaplin allegedly said five movie actresses he worked with before getting married were willing to engage in these acts with him.

According to a book released in 2014 on Chaplin penned by Peter Ackroyd, these accusations against Chaplin made him think of committing suicide. The book also said that Lita’s lawyers threatened Chaplin that they will reveal the six actresses who Chaplin had affairs with after their marriage. Because some of them were married women, this was simply inconceivable for Chaplin. After their divorce, Grey married three more men before passing away in 1995. Chaplin married twice himself before passing away at 1977.