Woman speaks of alleged abuse by actor Tom Sizemore

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman says she is suing actor Tom Sizemore over accusations that he groped her at a photo shoot when she was 11 because she wants to stand up for other child actors.

The 26-year-old Kiersten Pyke said today at her attorney's office in Salt Lake City that her dreams of having an acting career evaporated after the 2003 incident during production of the "Born Killers" movie. She says she was left with post-traumatic stress and drug and alcohol addiction.

Pyke is seeking $3 million in damages but says the lawsuit is about making the point to Sizemore and others that "it's not OK to touch children."

The Associated Press doesn't usually name alleged victims of sexual assault but Pyke has decided to go public with her story.

Sizemore has denied the allegations. His spokeswoman Michelle Salem did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment today.

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