It’s been a long, long time since hearing about Tom Sizemore being awful raised any degree of surprise. How many times have we heard about Tom Sizemore being charged with domestic violence?
He pleaded no contest to two domestic violence charges earlier this year.
But this is a new, horrible low, even for him. It’s now been revealed that Sizemore was once kicked off of a set. And his alleged victim was an 11-year-old girl.
Tom Sizemore is no stranger to run-ins with the law.
Part of the time, it’s been from substance abuse. We’re talking about him being busted with meth, folks.
And, again, Sizemore’s domestic violence arrests go back years and years.
That’s a crime immeasurably worse and more frightening than what unsavory substances he decides to put into his body.
At one point, he spent six months in prison for an assault on Heidi Fleiss (the TV personality and famous former madam).
So yeah, the world already knew that Sizemore was the absolute worst.
(And yet he continues to get work — even this year. He’s appeared in multiple films and TV shows in 2017)
Perhaps this new information, in light of the Harvey Weinstein rape accusations and all of the revelations that have followed, will finally cross that invisible line of Hollywood standards.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Sizemore was kicked off of a set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress complained that he had touched her genitals.
The film was Born Killers.
A dozen members of the film’s cast and crew confirmed the story to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 11-year-old actress, who had a small role in the film, was apparently asked to sit on Sizemore’s lap for a photography session for one scene in the film.
(This next part is upsettingly detailed)
Allegedly, Tom Sizemore either rubbed his finger against her genitals or inserted his finger in such a way that no one, including the cameras, could see that it was happening.
Production assistant Roi Maufas shared how he remembers Sizemore and this disturbing news:
“He was this guy who was already known for making inappropriate comments, being drunk, being high.”
That sounds in keeping with Sizemore’s criminal record and general reputation.
“We’re talking about consistent behavior, just being ‘Tom Sizemore’ on set every day. Then this happens. Guys reached for hammers.”
As heartwarming as that image is, a story of Sizemore getting attacked by crew members might have resulted in Sizemore getting portrayed as the victim. So perhaps it’s best that they were talked out of it:
“[Late Producer James R. Rosenthal] had to stop a group of us from going to visit Mr. Sizemore to kick the guy’s ass.”
It is nice to be reminded that there are a lot of people in Hollywood whose hearts are in the right place.
Now, Sizemore denied the claim at the time. He was fired from the set.
The girl’s parents went to police … but ultimately declined to press charges. (Maybe this was to spare their 11-year-old from having to testify, maybe it was something else; it’s unclear)
The casting director who sought to have Sizemore fired in the first place and other crew members decided to come forward specifically because Hollywood’s culture of silence is diminished after the Weinstein rape allegations and so many others.
That 11-year-old girl is now a 26-year-old woman who (very understandably) asked to not be identified, and told The Hollywood Reporter that she is exploring legal action against Sizemore … and her parents.
An 11-year-old has almost no power to seek justice on her own; an adult woman who now knows that there are people willing to attest might feel differently.
As for the parents … well, there may be a lot that we don’t know about why they chose to not press charges.
When The Hollywood Reporter reached out to Sizemore, Sizemore’s current agent replied: “Our position is ‘no comment.'” Yikes.
That’s a horrible story, one of so many that have come to light after years buried in the darkness.