We need to warn you in advance, this is one of the most disgusting stories we’ve heard over the past month, and that is truly saying something.
According to a new investigation by The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Sizemore was kicked off of a movie set in 2003 for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl.
The actor was filming a movie called at the time Piggy Bank (later released as Born Killers, likely to draft off of the notoriety of Sizemore’s role in Natural Born Killers), when a child actress told her mother Sizemore “put his finger inside her.”
THR spoke to a dozen witnesses from the film set to confirm the incident, which allegedly occurred during a still shoot, in which Sizemore, actress Robyn Adamson as his wife, and the girl playing his daughter were recreating family photographs.
Adamson remembers the exact moment she saw something she couldn’t explain at the time happen when the 11-year-old was seated on Sizemore’s lap:
“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.”
No one knew what had happened at the time.
It wasn’t until the next day that the actress’ mother called casting director Catrine McGregor, who recalls the horrifying incident in detail:
“The mother noticed that her daughter was unusually quiet and told her she was going to take her to this swimming place that was the little girl’s favorite thing. When the girl put on her bathing suit, she told her mother that it reminded her of the day before, in an upsetting way ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ that the bathing suit’s contact against her felt like what happened when the man had put his finger inside her.”
McGregor says she filed a report with SAG.
Production assistant Roi Maufas says he remembers news of the horrific allegations spreading to the entire crew and how upset they all were:
“The little girl said what she said and we all thought, ‘That fucking 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.”
Producers Jai Stefan, Michael Manshel, and Gus Spoliansky confirm they removed Sizemore from set immediately and reviewed the photos taken on the day but couldn’t find any conclusive evidence of the crime. Stefan says he was emotionally distraught at the very idea it had happened:
“I was like, ‘Did that just happen on my watch?’ I started crying.”
Without extra evidence to add, the producers say they told the actress’ parents they should call the authorities; Manshel recalls:
“They did talk to the police but didn’t press charges. We also talked to Tom at the time, and told him everything that had been told to us, and he said: ‘I’ve done a lot of awful things, and I’d never do anything with kids.’ We considered whether we had some responsibility to him to not pass judgment on him.”
Production manager Cassidy Lunnen says “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.”
Spoliansky told THR they had no choice but to finish the film:
“We had a fiduciary responsibility to complete the film so we decided to go about business as usual ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ lacking the evidence of what happened that day… We took the allegation extremely seriously and we were willing to do anything, including dismissing Tom. We just couldn’t be police, judge and jury.”
And just like that, the whole thing went away. Sizemore even did reshoots for the film, which was eventually released with its new title.
Sizemore was dropped by his manager and agent, but there’s no direct evidence it was over the incident.
Born Killers‘ second assistant director Jennie Latham recalls thinking of the incident when Sizemore was later sent to prison for assault and battery against his ex-girlfriend, the infamous “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss:
“I remember being excited that he went to jail, even if it was for something else.”
It seems not for long enough.
THR reached out to Sizemore, whose rep told them “No comment.”
The actress, now 26, said she is exploring legal action against both Sizemore and her parents.
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]