It seems Paris Hilton owes an apology to priapic sex tape auteur Tom Sizemore. When the Saving Private Ryan actor’s homemade porno, Tom Sizemore’s Sex Scandal, went on sale last week complete with an interview in which he claims to have been seduced by America's favorite heirhead, Hilton issued a statement denying she'd even met the meth-addled thespian. But Sizemore, fresh from rehab, had an ace up his sleeve: a photo of the two together, which Vivid Video, the film’s distributor, claims was taken at Sizemore’s home in January 2001.
According to a former close friend of Sizemore's who was present that evening, "the party started when Tom came home from since shuttered L.A. restaurant Las Palmas with a crowd of people he'd picked up along the way. There were lots of drugs flying around and lots of low-rent undesirables all over his house. It was real creepy."
In the DVD interview, Sizemore claims the two united in feral abandon after the party had cleared out and he followed the sound of a clicking cigarette lighter to find Hilton, the lone straggler, waiting for him in his gym. It was there that she suggested, Penthouse Letters-style, that they have an impromptu workout, the actor claims.
“I’m sure that at some further date, poor Paris will have a flashback and remember that she did have sex with him,” says Sizemore's former friend. “It will be like a bad dream.”
Reached for comment, Hilton’s put-upon publicist du jour, PMK’s Jack Ketsoyan, half-heartedly repeated his client's previous denial: "It's disappointing that Mr. Sizemore has to use my name to sell his DVDs. He is not an acquaintance of mine, nor have I ever had intimate relations with him."
Later, after we sent Ketsoyan a high-res version of the photo, he acknowledged that the waif in the picture was indeed Hilton, but said, "We never said she never met him. She never slept with him and he's not an acquaintance of hers. She doesn't even know who that other girl in the photo is. To me, 'acquaintance' means that you're not friends; you've met in the past but that's pretty much it. She doesn't remember the party at all."
After the interview, Ketsoyan e-mailed us the Webster's dictionary definition of an "acquaintance" ("A person one knows but not intimately"), further confusing the issue. We have a feeling this one's a keeper, Paris!
An employee at Vivid, who asked that her name not be used (lest her parents learn she's not actually a social worker), explained how the publicity coup came about: “When Vivid bought the tapes we also got a bunch of photos, but didn’t think anything of them. But when she started denying she’d even met him, we thought, Hey, let’s take another look at what we’ve got here.”