Elizabeth Taylor: ‘James Dean Was Molested By a Minister’

March 25th, 2011 // 34 Comments

Despite dying two days ago, Elizabeth Taylor is letting everyone know James Dean confided in her that he was molested as a young boy. Apparently she later told this to journalist Kevin Sessums in 1997 and made him promise not to publish it until her death which he did almost immediately on The Daily Beast making this a complete asshole bonanza:

“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.”

So let me get this straight. Elizabeth Taylor had two dying wishes: 1. Make sure everyone knew about a traumatic molestation that happened to James Dean which he wanted to keep private. And then, 2. Be buried next to Michael Jackson.

If I was a hipster, I’d probably come right now.

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  1. Ted

    Say what you will, he made a tolerable breakfast sausage.

  2. What boy that went to catholic school wasn’t?

  3. Hemingway

    “If I was a hipster, I’d probably come right now.”

    I spit up my Jesus Juice.

  4. johng

    who gives a shit

  5. JD

    She meant Jimmy Dean – thus the life-long fascination with sausage.

  6. RoboZombie

    Damnit…my posts aren’t appearing. I blame YOU Firefox 4!

  7. By a minister? Damn politicians!

  8. Eric

    “Thank you, sir…may I have another?”

  9. Dan

    That is horrid. When someone confesses deep dark secrets to you, you should never tell anyone – even if you have a falling out, or divorce, or even die. That is just wrong.

    I wonder if this is really true…

  10. Rough without a clause. Needs intern

    Well there it is. She just exonerated MJ from the grave.

  11. James Dean
    Commented on this photo:

    Who’s James Dean???

  12. fooey

    This is by far the handsomest man who has ever been on this website

  13. adolf hitler

    who cares about james dean? if he was born a few decades earlier, at best, he would be an extra, or minor character. overhyped!

    • Richard McBeef

      hitler, if you were born a few decades earlier, at best, you would be a SS officer, or minor character. overhyped!

  14. Ed

    Molested by a minister? Were they out of priests that day?

  15. Just in case this comes out later, for the record I did NOT tell Ms. Taylor that I once accidentally put on my sisters underwear and got an erection that scared the dog.

  16. Adam

    This story’s been around for decades. There was even an “interview” published with the minister confessing but claimed it was consensual. Probably all made up since James considered studying theology instead of drama.

  17. the one


  18. Jackson

    Kevin Sessums has been name dropping and making things up his entire life… just read his book and what he said about the writer Eudora Welty. I’m sorry he suffered while growing up up gay in Mississippi and had to come home and find his roommate’s murdered body but to capitalize on that for his writings (as well as his “meetings with the famous”) is so disgraceful considering the other tragedies occurring (especially in Mississippi).

  19. Row

    James Dean was so fucking sessy.

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