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Judy Garland was molested by Wizard of Oz munchkins when she was 16, ex-husband says.

Iconic silver screen actress Judy Garland was molested by men as old as 40 on the set of her breakout film, The Wizard of Oz, her ex-husband has claimed.

Writing about Garland’s on-set experiences in an unfinished autobiography about their 13 years of marriage, Sid Luft claimed Garland was repeatedly harassed by the actors playing the munchkins of Munchkinland, saying, “They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small.”

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Judy Garland onset with "the munchkins of Munchkinland." Source: Youtube.

Released in 1939, Garland was just 16 years old when she filmed The Wizard of Oz.

In Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland Luft continued, "They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress. The men were 40 or more years old."

According to The Sunthe unfinished book was found in Luft's archives last year and has now been published.

Luft was the third of Garland's five husbands. At the time of meeting, Luft was still married to his first wife Lynn Bari, and Garland to her second husband, Vincente Minelli (the pair were parents to Liza Minelli).

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Judy Garland with her children Liza Minelli, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft, and husband Sid Luft. Source: Getty.
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Of the moment they met, Luft described Garland as having an "electrical force" and admitted that “It was virtually impossible to be cool around Judy since I lusted so entirely after her.”

Throughout their romance, however, Luft became aware of Garland's mental health and drug battles, discovering "thin scars" on her wrists and her frequent use of amphetamines and barbiturates in the early days of their relationship.

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The Lollipop Guild from The Wizard of Oz. Source: Youtube.

“She was married to the drugs before she met me, and she never really got divorced,” Luft write.

Garland and Luft had two children together and eventually divorced in 1965.

Tragically, Garland died from a barbiturates overdose just four years later aged 47. Luft died in 2005 aged 89.

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