Thursday, September 14, 2006
Tom Hanks a killer?
Tom Hanks' image as one of Hollywood's genuine "nice guys" is under threat. The two-time Oscar winner actor has been revealed to have harassed and attempted to kill his ex-wife Susan Dillingham.
The revelations came about when court papers were found and published in David Gardner's upcoming biography "The Tom Hanks Enigma".
In the papers, Dillingham not only charges the "Forrest Gump" star with harassing her, but also attempting to destroy her career as an actress.
"My husband has repeatedly verbally abused and humiliated me during the past 90 days in my home. This caused me to suffer great emotional distress," The New York Post quotes Dillingham's letter to an L.A. court in asking for a restraining order against Hanks.
In one legal missive she wrote: "It's designed to harass and upset me at a time when I should be focusing all of my energies on my job."
However, Hanks shot back in his own legal filing, stating that Dillingham was delaying a divorce trial "merely to harass me and try to squeeze an unfair settlement out of me."
The couple finally divorced in 1987, and Dillingham, whose stage name was Samantha Lewes, died from bone cancer in 2002.
A year after the divorce, Hanks married his current wife Rita Wilson.
In his book, Gardner also reveals that Hanks' kid brother, Jim, played a Forrest Gump-type character in a little-known soft-core sex flick two years before Tom won an Oscar for a similar role.