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Liz Hurley had 'affair' with US star while dating Hugh Grant

'I lost myself in Liz Hurley,' says Hollywood actor Tom Sizemore whose memoir details three-year fling

ELIZABETH HURLEY and Hugh Grant may have appeared to be Britain's 'it' couple in the early 1990s, but she was also having a torrid affair with an American actor, a new memoir claims.

Former Hollywood star Tom Sizemore devotes an entire chapter of his tell-all book By Some Miracle I Made it Out of There to his passionate three-year affair with Hurley.

"I literally couldn't conceal my awe or worshipful feelings for her," says the 51-year-old bad boy, who had roles in films including Natural Born Killers and Saving Private Ryan before drug addiction destroyed his career. "In many ways Elizabeth was the seminal relationship of my young adulthood. She taught me a lot about myself."

The Mail on Sunday, which published an extract from Sizemore's book, says his revelations about a 20-year-old affair "are every actress's worst nightmare". Hurley, 47, who is engaged to Australian spin bowler Shane Warne, will have to "endure" plenty of public scrutiny of her private life when the book is published on Thursday.

Sizemore said he met and fell in love with Hurley on the set of the 1992 thriller Passenger 57. He was instantly smitten by her "stunningly flawless ivory skin, beautiful voice and charming, throaty laugh". After Hurley performed a striptease for him in her hotel room they began an affair that was only interrupted when Grant visited his girlfriend in Los Angeles.

At first, Sizemore had never heard of Grant, whose breakthrough movie Four Weddings and a Funeral had not been released. He assumed he was "some out-of-work British actor". But he says Hurley was adept at having two men in her life and got him to remove his things from her apartment when she knew Grant was due to pay her a visit.

"I really lost myself in Elizabeth Hurley," says Sizemore, who insists he never really got over the British actress.

When they finally split up, Sizemore wept. Hurley told him to stop and suggested they walk her dog instead. "Brits don't like tears," observes Sizemore. "They've been bombed by the Nazis: they're tough."

In other revelations contained in the book, Sizemore reveals how he asked Brad Pitt if it was OK to go out with Pitt's former girlfriend, Juliette Lewis. "Is it OK? I'll drive you there!" Pitt reportedly said.

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