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Getting Testy

Judge revokes Tom Sizemore's probation. The actor reportedly refused to take a drug test

''I have every reason to believe him when he tells me that he is clean,'' attorney Michael Rovell said of his client, actor Tom Sizemore, to reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse on Thursday. The court, however, is unconvinced. The Associated Press reports that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Antonio Barreto Jr. revoked Sizemore's probation after prosecutors argued that he failed to complete a drug test by providing a urine sample.

As part of his probation sentence, after being convicted last year of abusing then-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, Sizemore was supposed to undergo rehab and submit to random drug testing in order to stay out of jail. But during a drug test last month, ''he simply walked out,'' prosecutor Robert Cha told reporters.

Rovell told reporters that Sizemore, best known for his roles in such war movies as ''Saving Private Ryan'' and ''Black Hawk Down,'' became suspicious during the test when an officer he'd never met tried to give him a body search. ''He was concerned that there may have been some effort to tamper with the test,'' Rovell said. The test came shortly after Sizemore was arrested for alleged possession of narcotics, though Rovell said that he believed the drugs belonged to someone else and had been planted. Authorities have yet to file charges over that arrest.

Despite the revocation of his probation, Sizemore will remain free pending a hearing on the evidence in the case, scheduled for Nov. 8. Meantime, he's trying to get his career back on track, with a guest appearance in Rob Lowe's upcoming CBS series ''Dr. Vegas'' and a starring role as Pete Rose in ESPN's TV movie ''Hustle,'' airing Sept. 25.

Originally posted Sep 03, 2004
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