Saturday 19 August 2017

Teenage Judy Garland was 'sexually assaulted' by Wizard of Oz munchkins, reports her ex-husband

Judy Garland on The Wizard of Oz. Image: Wizard of Oz/Warner Bros
Judy Garland on The Wizard of Oz. Image: Wizard of Oz/Warner Bros
American singer and actress Judy Garland with her husband Sidney Luft at a reception in her honour at Londonderry House. (Photo by Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Judy Garland was 'sexually assaulted' by munchkins on the set of The Wizard of Oz when she was a teenager, according to her ex-husband.

Sid Luft, who was married to Garland from 1952 to 1965, wrote about the alleged abuse in his memoir, Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland.

"They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress," reads an exceprt. 

"The men were 40 or more years old."

American singer and actress Judy Garland with her husband Sidney Luft at a reception in her honour at Londonderry House. (Photo by Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)
American singer and actress Judy Garland with her husband Sidney Luft at a reception in her honour at Londonderry House. (Photo by Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)

"They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small,” he added.

Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland is based on notes from Luft's autobiography, which remained unpublished before his death in 2005.

Garland spoke about the actors' behaviour before her death in 1969.

“They were little drunks … They got smashed every night, and they picked them up in butterfly nets," she said.

Speaking in 2009, Munchkin actress Margaret Pellegrini said: “There were a lot of them who liked to go out and have a few drinks, but nothing got out of hand. Everyone was having a good time and enjoying themselves. There was no rowdiness or anything like that, and those stories are very upsetting.”  

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