TV Star makes impassioned plea to support cops, improve mental health after ‘life changing’ attack


Actress Pauley Perrette had a harrowing experience that she revealed in a Friday morning tweet: She was attacked by a “psychotic homeless man” who claimed he wanted to kill her.

Perrette, best known for playing forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS series, “NCIS,” said she was “hesitant about tweeting” news of the assault.

“I was walking across my street to a new guest house I bought to meet my architect. On my street, I was jumped by a VERY psychotic homeless man,” she wrote. “He grabbed me forcefully, pinned my arm, punched me in the nose, forehead, repeatedly telling me he was going to kill me. Then he showed me how he was going to kill me.”

She said that the man “kept repeating his name, William.”

“William is a beautiful name,” she told him, in an effort to calm him. “I have a little nephew named William.”

“That’s all I said, all I did, other than praying my heart out,” Perrette recounted. “He started to punch me again, and then said, ‘Get the f**k out of here.’ And I did”

Entertainment Tonight, via Yahoo, reported:

The LAPD confirmed Perrette’s story and told ET they were contacted at 5:14 p.m. on Thursday. The police booked a 45-year-old white male named David Merck on felony battery charges after arresting him at a Hollywood 7-11 around 6 p.m. He is still in custody and bail is set at $100,000.


“I am shaken and traumatized,” her Twitter message said. “My house, my beloved Hollywood. My beloved homeless people that I spend my life protecting. …My life changed tonight.”

Nonetheless, Perrette said that “We need full mental health care,” and “we need housing and help for the homeless.”

In an apparent sigh of relief, she added that, “We need to support our cops.”


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