'Shooting Sizmore' star Tom Sizemore arrested on probation violation
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/06/2007
Viewers saw Tom Sizemore battle drug addiction and legal woes on VH1'sShooting Sizemore, however when the cameras stopped rolling on the docu-reality series, the actor's problems apparently continued.
The Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down star surrendered Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom after a warrant was issued for his arrest last week following an alleged probation violation from an early May arrest when officers caught him with methamphetamine and narcotic paraphernalia, E! Online reported Tuesday.
"He did turn himself in and was immediately taken into custody and handcuffed by the bailiff," Jane Robinson, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, told E!.
Sizemore's most recent run-in with the law began on May 8 when he was reportedly caught with Vicodin, Klonopin and Valium -- none of which he had a prescription for -- as well as methamphetamine and narcotic paraphernalia when police in Bakersfield, CA were called to the Four Points Sheraton following an argument he had with hotel staff. The Shooting Sizemore star allegedly threatened to beat up a hotel clerk who couldn't find his reservation -- and when staff at the Four Points called police -- Sizemore was found in his car with friend Jason Salcedo and the alleged stash.
On May 22, Sizemore pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of transportation of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and three counts of possessing a controlled substance without the proper prescriptions, offenses that E! reported could land him "up to six years" behind bars. A hearing on the case is scheduled for June 18.
But the story doesn't end there, as the Bakersfield arrest also alerted Los Angeles prosecutors to file a motion that Sizemore be held without bail for failing to adhere to specific terms of his probation from a 2004 arrest when he pleaded guilty to methamphetamine possession. While he was already found in violation of that probation in 2005 when he skipped several court-ordered drug tests and used a fake penis called the "Whizonator" to pass another, the probation was only extended three years and he was sent to rehab, again able to narrowly escape being sent to prison.
However Sizemore violated the extended probation with the May 8 arrest. He's going to be a popular guy in the California penal system, as he's currently being held without bail pending the outcome of a June 19 hearing on whether his probation should be revoked, according to E!, which added if a judge finds he did in fact violate probation he could receive an additional 16 months in the pokey.