Tom Sizemore: Molestation and domestic violence allegations didn’t stop him from working in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 27: Actor Tom Sizemore sits in the courtroom waiting to hear his sentence after a jury found him guilty in August of abusing Heidi Fleiss October 27, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The actor was sentenced to probation, anger management treatment, drug rehabilitation and to serve a future jail sentence of at least 90 days in county jail. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

Of the many horrific aspects of stories about powerful Hollywood men harassing or sexually assaulting female colleagues is that the women were often further traumatized by seeing their careers in film or television hurt or destroyed in the wake of the encounters.

Annabella Sciorra told the New Yorker that she earned a reputation for being “difficult” after she was allegedly raped by Harvey Weinstein. She said the alleged assault left her so traumatized that she become depressed, paranoid and lost weight; no one would hire her for several years.

Actresses who resisted Weinstein’s alleged advances or complained also told the New Yorker that they faced professional retaliation. Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette told the New Yorker that they suspected that they lost work opportunities after telling the producer no.

But male stars, directors and producers traditionally not faced many professional repercussions when they commit harmful or sometimes extremely violent acts. Of course, it’s a shameful pattern in many American workplaces: Men who bully, harass or assault stay in their jobs and even get promoted, while their female victims are encouraged to stay quiet or just find another career.

Tom Sizemore sits in a courtroom in 2003 awaiting his sentence after a jury found him guilty of abusing ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

In Hollywood, some men enjoy numerous chances to revive careers brought down by professional failures or their own off-screen bad behavior.

That’s definitely the case for a notoriously “difficult” male star like Tom Sizemore, who has become less known for being talented enough to land roles in “Saving Private Ryan” or “Blackhawk Down” than for his drug addiction and his arrests and jail stints.

Sizemore’s legal issues include three domestic violence cases, one as recently as this year, all the while Sizemore, 55, has been in the midst of a well-publicized Hollywood comeback with a notable story arc on the series “Shooter” and a role in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks.”

Now comes the news about what was apparently an open secret on the set of a 2003 film that Sizemore starred in. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the open secret is that Sizemore was removed from the Utah film set after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he touched her genitals.

The girl and her parents declined to press charges, and the incident, which occurred during a shoot for a brief scene, was never publicly revealed.


Source:: East Bay – Entertainment

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