Judy Garland molested by 'Wizard of Oz' munchkins, ex-husband claims

Judy Garland was repeatedly molested by the actors who played the munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz," her third husband, Sid Luft, claims.

In his jaw-dropping posthumous memoir, "Judy and I: Me Life with Judy Garland," Luft says that the munchkins made Garland's life "miserable" on set of the iconic musical. She was 16 years old at the time of filming.

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"They would make Judy's life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress," Luft wrote. "The men were 40 or more years old."

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The allegations aren't totally out of line with past rumors of the munchkins' out of control behavior on the "Oz" set, though they're the first of this nature. As People notes, claims that the actors gambled and were involved with prostitution while filming "have been floating around for decades."

"They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small," Luft continued.

Garland and Luft were married from 1952-1965, and he's largely credited with reviving her career by producing her 1954 film, "A Star is Born." She received an Oscar nomination for her leading turn in the film.

An earlier-released excerpt from his memoir alleged that Garland had a secret abortion towards the beginning of their relationship, when she was still married to Vincente Minnelli.

Garland died after an alleged overdose in 1969, while Luft passed decades later in 2005.

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