Actor Tom Sizemore has a laundry list of character defects ranging from drug abuse to domestic violence. Now according to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Sizemore may be adding “child molester” to his deviancy resume. It’s just another of the flood of accounts of movie people behaving badly, but this one is particularly heinous it involves the violation of a child.
Actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Months later, he returned for reshoots in Malibu after her parents declined to press charges. The incident has never been revealed publicly.
When contacted, the now 26-year-old former actress, whom THR is not identifying at her request, declined to address the matter except to note that she’s recently hired a lawyer to explore legal action against the actor as well as her parents. Sizemore declined to address the situation. “Our position is ‘no comment,'” says his agent Stephen Rice.
“No comment” doesn’t seem like something you’d say if the allegations are false. Though at the time Sizemore reportedly issued a denial. A denial doesn’t carry much weight when everyone already knows you’re a piece of garbage.
Sizemore, notorious for his long rap sheet that includes charges of drug use and battery against women, has not previously been accused of molestation. An actor with a tough-guy image then at the height of his scandal-driven infamy, when the Utah incident occurred he’d recently been convicted of physically abusing and harassing his ex-girlfriend, the former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss.
Sizemore is said to have denied the young actress’ claim as soon as he was confronted with it. His management firm Untitled and talent agency CAA quietly dropped him shortly afterward. He’s currently repped by the boutique firm Pantheon.
The girl said she was violated during a photo session related to a movie called Born Killers.
The roughly half-hour session required the young actress, who had a small role in the production, to be seated on Sizemore’s lap in a holiday tableau. This is when Sizemore allegedly either rubbed his finger against the girl’s vagina or inserted it inside. Production manager Cassidy Lunnen recalls that “the girl was so young it was unclear to her and [later] her parents what had actually taken place and if it was intentional or not.”
During one setup, which required just the two of them, Robyn Adamson, who portrayed the wife, stood away, near the photographer. She recalls of the girl, who was wearing a flannel nightgown: “At one point her eyes got just huge, like she could’ve vomited. I was watching her. She soon reintegrated and kept going, although she had trouble taking direction. Later, when I was told about what happened, I knew exactly what it was.”
In the midst of this horrible story is a reminder that not everyone in the entertainment industry is as awful as the plethora of actors and producers who have been outed as serial abusers or enablers in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall. There are some good people who work on movie sets.
Word spread quickly. “It filtered down to the crew,” says Roi Maufas, who worked as a production assistant. “The little girl said what she said and we all thought, ‘That f*cking sleazebag.’ There was never any doubt. He was this guy who was already known for making inappropriate comments, being drunk, being high. We’re talking about consistent behavior, just being ‘Tom Sizemore’ on set every day. Then this happens. Guys reached for hammers. [Producer James R. Rosenthal, who died in 2011], who was livid himself, had to stop a group of us from going to visit Mr. Sizemore to kick the guy’s ass.”
Without condoning vigilante justice, I will say that grabbing a hammer when a creepy scumbag hurts a little girl is a response I can respect.
The actress who was molested, now 26, has said she is looking at taking legal action against Sizemore if possible.