Man faces charges in alleged attack on actor Tom Sizemore
A man is facing charges of assault after allegedly attacking Tom Sizemore in the actor's downtown apartment and stealing expensive guitars and other property.
The incident was reported around 9 p.m. Thursday in the actor's residence in the 400 block of South Main Street.
According to police, the actor was involved with a woman whose boyfriend came looking for Sizemore, who starred in the critically acclaimed films “Saving Private Ryan,” “Natural Born Killers” and “Black Hawk Down.”
The man, who was not identified, pretended he had a gun and threatened the woman and the actor, whom he allegedly put in a headlock in a bathroom before taking off with guitars and other property, according to police.
Los Angeles police officers eventually found the suspect, who was booked on suspicion of assault, and recovered Sizemore's property.
Known for his tough-guy roles, Sizemore has usually been the subject of law enforcement investigations rather than a victim. In August 2003 he was convicted of misdemeanor charges of physically abusing and harassing his ex-girlfriend, the former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss.
Sizemore failed a court-ordered drug test In February 2005 after he was caught trying to defeat a urine test and was ordered into drug rehabilitation for two years.
In June 2007, after he was arrested outside a Bakersfield hotel on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, Sizemore was sentenced to 16 months in prison for violating probation that stemmed from a January 2006 drug possession charge.
Sizemore was later arrested on a warrant issued on the 2007 Bakersfield case. In 2011, he was arrested on an outstanding battery warrant.
-- Andrew Blankstein