London: Actor James Dean was molested by a minister when he was 11, claims a journalist who said that late Dame Elizabeth Taylor took the shocking secret to her grave.
Kevin Sessums has claimed that the legendary actress swore him to secrecy when she allegedly made the revelation during an interview in 1997.
Taylor, who died on Wednesday at the age of 79, and Dean were great friends.
The actor was 24 when he died in 1955, shortly after he filmed ‘Giant’ with the London-born beauty.
According to Sessums, Taylor said Dean confessed he had been molested as a child. The writer was interviewing Taylor for POZ, a US magazine for people living with HIV and AIDS.
The interview was supposed to be about the Hollywood legend’s charity work, raising funds and awareness about AIDS.
But Sessums claimed Taylor veered off the topic and revealed the shocking secret about the Fifties`` hunk, reports the Daily Mail.
According to him, the actress said: “I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK?
“When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister.
“I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did. We talked about it a lot. During Giant we’d stay up nights and talk and talk and that was one of the things he confessed to me,” added Sessums.