A new memoir by Judy Garland's late ex-husband, movie producer Sid Luft, includes a disturbing allegation: Garland was reportedly molested by the actors who played the Munchkins in 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.
People reported an excerpt of the book, which will be published posthumously in March. "They would make Judy's life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress... The men were 40- or more years-old," said Luft. Garland was 16 at the time.
"They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small."
As both People and the Huffington Post point out, Judy Garland once gave an interview with Jack Paar (clip below), in which she described the actors as "little drunks... they got smashed every night...."
Besides that interview, which was lighthearted in tone—if cringeworthy and offensive by today's standards—Garland does not herself seem to have ever leveled any accusations of sexual violence against the actors.
In 2009, two of the actors who played Munchkins told The Independent that the Hollywood legends about their group's behavior—of drunken and debaucherous antics—were untrue.
"There was no rowdiness or anything like that, and those stories are very upsetting," said Jerry Maren, who played one of the "Lollipop Guild" that sang upon Dorothy's arrival to Oz.
Luft and Garland were married in 1952, 13 years after Garland starred in The Wizard of Oz. Their divorce in 1965 included accusations against Luft by Garland of domestic violence and abuse.
Garland's comments about the Munchkins come at the 6:30 mark: