Did the Munchkins molest 16-year-old Judy Garland on the set of “The Wizard of Oz”?

Munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz.” Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The behavior of child and adult actors with dwarfism is being debated anew with the upcoming publication of a memoir by the star’s late ex-husband, Sid Luft.

“They would make Judy’s life miserable on set by putting their hands under her dress … The men were 40 or more years old,” Luft wrote. “They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small.”

People magazine reported Tuesday how “rumors about the actors’ bad behavior — ranging from Caligula-like orgies to gambling to prostitution — have been floating around Hollywood for decades.”

But many of the Munchkin actors have denied the claims, arguing that they worked hard for little pay, the magazine noted.

The memoir published by Chicago Review Press, called “Judy and I: My Life with Judy Garland,” is due out March 1 — nearly a half-century after the child star’s death at 47, and 78 years after the fabled film.

“Margaret Pellegrini, who was 15 years old when she played a Munchkin, shut down rumors of unruly behavior during a 2009 interview with The Independent,” said US magazine. “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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