Former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss sobbed on the witness stand in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, testifying that actor Tom Sizemore stubbed a cigarette out on her, slapped her in the face and verbally abused her during their yearlong relationship, reports Reuters.
Lawyers for Sizemore, 41, best known for playing a gruff sergeant in “Saving Private Ryan,” reportedly countered that Fleiss was a “liar” who was inventing the allegations. Prosecutors, however, said they had photographs of her injuries and tapes of his threats.
Fleiss, 37, who spent three years in prison for attempted pandering and said she first fell for Sizemore in early 2001 (when she was adjusting to post-prison life), was the first witness to be called in Sizemore’s trial on 16 charges of domestic violence, threats, witness intimidation, property destruction and obscene and harassing phone calls.
Under questioning from Deputy City Attorney Robert Cha, Fleiss demonstrated his temper when they appeared on the Howard Stern radio show to promote the film “Black Hawk Down.”
“Howard Stern asked me if I liked ‘Black Hawk Down,’ and I said I didn’t,” Fleiss said through tears. “I said it was too violent for me, that I liked films like ‘Bambi.'”
After the show, she said on the stand, Sizemore “was verbally abusive and put his cigarette out on me. It was terrible.”
Fleiss testified that she did not contact the police after the incident because she didn’t expect them to take the side of “evil Heidi, convicted criminal” over a respected Hollywood actor, said Reuters.