Hollywood sexual assault allegations are spreading again, this time to actor Tom Sizemore who, the Hollywood Reporter reveals, had to be removed from the set of a movie in 2003, after he allegedly touched his 11-year-old female co-star.
Sizemore played the father of twin murderers in 2005's "Born Killers," and the young girl — only eleven at the time — was hired to play his daughter in a series of "flashback" scenes. But during a "holiday tableau," as the girl was seated on Sizemore's lap, she says he slid his fingers between her legs and touched her vagina.
The girl didn't reveal the incident right away, but the next day, as her parents were readying her for a water park, the girl commented that her swimsuit felt strange. "When the girl put on her bathing suit, she told her mother that it reminded her of the day before, in an upsetting way — that the bathing suit's contact against her felt like what happened when the man had put his finger inside her," casting director Catrine McGregor, who handled the incident, told THR.
McGregor immediately helped the parents file a complaint with the Screen Actors Guild, and told both the producer and director to fire Sizemore immediately. Producers Jai Stefan, Michael Manshel and Gus Spoliansky removed Sizemore from the project and encouraged the girl's parents to talk to law enforcement. Unfortunately, in the photos and video from the day's shooting, they couldn't find any conclusive evidence that would have aided in an investigation.
The girl's parents declined to press charges. THR and others indicate that they may have been concerned the girl would never get a part in the industry if she accused a named actor of sexual assault.
Sizemore denied the allegations. "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," the producers told THR.
The group eventually re-shot some of Sizemore's scenes with the actor in a private setting, because they had already agreed with the studio to release the movie.
Sizemore has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, and did a short stint in jail earlier in 2003, after he was convicted of battering his then-girlfriend, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.