The third of the actress’ five husbands claimed she was molested on the set.
Sid Luft’s posthumous memoir, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, revealed that his wife was sexually harassed by the ‘munchkins’ while filming The Wizard of Oz.
Judy Garland filmed one of her iconic films when she was a teenager in 1939, but faced some issues, reported Fox News.
The memoir which is being released in paperback on September 4, 2018, makes the claim that the little people who starred in the movie harassed her.
Luft was a movie producer credited with helping Garland reviving her Hollywood career in the 1950’s. He passed away in 2005, aged 89.
‘They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress… the men were 40 or more years old. They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small.’
Sid Luft, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland, September 4, 2018.
Garland, who married Luft in 1952, herself had claimed the actors were guilty of bad behavior before her death in 1969 at age 47.
Speaking with Jack Paar in an interview, she had said that they were “drunks.” They were all put in one hotel and they got drunk every night and the police had to pick them up in butterfly nets.
She had also revealed that one of the actors, who was around 40 years old then, had asked her out on a date.
The claims are new with producer Mervyn LeRoy having spoken against them after the movie wrapped. The Independent had reported LeRoy saying that they had “sex orgies in the hotel” and police was stationed on every floor.
The claims have been dismissed by the actors. Margaret Pellegrini, who was 15 when she worked on the film, said that there were quite a few who liked to go out and have a few drinks, but nothing really got out of hand.
Pellegrini spoke to The Independent in 2009 and claimed there was no “rowdiness” and that the stories were very upsetting to them.
Jerry Maren, recognized as the last surviving munchkin at 98, had rejected the claims. He spoke to Entertainment Weekly in 1996 and said that there were only two or three of them who got drunk.
According to the publisher, Chicago Review Press, Luft’s memoir was never completed as he stopped writing it in 1960. His marriage to the actress ended in 1965.
Randy I. Schmidt, who had previously worked on a book concerning Garland’s career, put together the final section of the book from extensive interviews with Luft.