Tom Sizemore, best known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Dawn, and Red Dawn has been sued by former child actress Kiersten Pyke. Pyke worked with Sizemore in the movie Born Killers. Ironically, Sizemore also had a role in the Quentin Tarantino film Natural Born Killers. Kiersten Pyke was 11-years-old when she says the abuse occurred. Sizemore has denied all allegations against him. The lawsuit was filed in Utah, where Pyke says the abuse first occurred. Pyke came forward publicly after the Harvey Weinstein case drew attention. She is suing Sizemore for $3 million. Sizemore was never arrested for the allegations or charged with a crime.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, Pyke stated the incident happened in front of witnesses, but Pyke’s parents declined to press charges.
Pyke states that they were on a photo shoot for the purpose of promoting Born Killers and she was to sit on Sizemore’s lap in order to take the pictures. Pyke states that though she was 11-years-old he kissed her and then touched her inappropriately in her genital area.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, news of the alleged abuse spread throughout the set and Sizemore was sent home. He continued filming his scenes out of state.
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TMZ reported that according to the lawsuit there were approximately twenty on-set witnesses. Some of these people have come forward and spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about what they saw.
Kiersten Pyke stated that the alleged molestation has caused her a life of distress including PTSD, and emotional problems. She also stated that the alleged sexual abuse resulted in her turning to substance abuse.
Pyke also stated that not only was Tom Sizemore allowed to finish the project, she was the one who was removed from the film.
Former child actor Nathan Forrest Winters has made similar claims regarding his own experience with sexual abuse and Hollywood. Winters was sexually abused by award-winning director Victor Salva between the ages of six-years-old and approximately 12-years-old. Salva was ultimately convicted on four of the original 11 counts he had been charged with.
Winters was starring in Salva’s movie Clownhouse and once Salva was arrested and police were involved, Winters was the one who lost his acting career. Nathan Forrest Winters hasn’t starred in another Hollywood movie since Clownhouse though he does have a documentary soon to be released.
Likewise, Born Killers was Kierstyn Pyke’s last movie according to her IMDB page.