Tom Sizemore joined the list of Hollywood celebrities caught up in the industry’s growing sexual abuse scandal on Monday.
A 26-year-old woman says she was sexually assaulted during filming on the 2005 film “Born Killers,” when she was 11 years old, and is now exploring legal options against her parents and Mr. Sizemore.
Her claims are bolstered by a dozen crew members who spoke to the Hollywood Reporter for an exposé published Monday.
Producers told THR that the actor’s alleged behavior against the young girl happened during lengthy portrait sessions in Utah for the $5 million film. The woman, who was not identified by THR at her request, had to sit in the actor’s lap in a flannel nightgown during production in 2003.
“Our position is ‘no comment,’” the actor’s agent, Stephen Rice, told THR.
Mr. Sizemore’s career has spanned decades and includes roles in “Point Break,” “True Romance,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” in 1998.
“[The parents] did talk to the police but didn’t press charges,” producer Michael Manshel told the magazine. “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.”
Actress Robyn Adamson added that she noticed odd behavior from the girl during the shoot but did not make the connection with Mr. Sizemore until the story spread to crew members.
“At one point her eyes got just huge, like she could’ve vomited,” Ms. Adamson said. “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.”
Mr. Sizemore, who has a history of drug and legal issues, was asked to leave the set but eventually returned.
“We had a fiduciary responsibility to complete the film so we decided to go about business as usual — lacking the evidence of what happened that day,” producer Gus Spoliansky said. “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.”
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