Key page of ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ script stolen from set

The 'hugely important' page apparently reveals the backstory of Naomi Grossman's character, Pepper

A “hugely important” page of the American Horror Story: Freak Show script has been stolen from the cult show’s New Orleans set.

According to TMZ, the stolen page reveals how Naomi Grossman’s character, Pepper, came to end up at Briarcliff Manor, the setting of American Horror Story‘s second season, Asylum.

Although Pepper has played a relatively small part in Freak Show so far, Grossman’s character is significant for being the first to appear in more than one season of the horror franchise created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

The page is reportedly being offered for sale to various US magazines and websites. A representative for the show’s makers, 20th Century Fox TV, told TMZ: “The theft and unauthorised distribution of our scripts is a very serious matter and we will take all appropriate steps necessary to vigorously protect our intellectual property.”

American Horror Story: Freak Show – the fourth season of the horror anthology series – is set in the small Florida town of Jupiter in 1952 and follows the goings on at one of the remaining “freak shows” in the US. Franchise favourite Jessica Lange leads the cast, joined by a posse of American Horror Story regulars including Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy and Emma Roberts.

Freak Show premiered in the US in October and is now airing in the UK on the FOX channel.