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Pauley Perrette From NCIS Tweets About Being Assaulted by Homeless Man: “I Almost Died Tonight”

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NCIS star Pauley Perrette tweeted about being violently attacked near her Hollywood home.

Pauley Perrette is lucky to be alive. The 46-year-old NCIS star took to Twitter on Friday, Nov. 13, to tell the story of how she got attacked near her Hollywood home by a homeless man on Thursday night.

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She wrote the lengthy post on her computer before taking a screengrab and posting it online. In it, she details being assaulted by a “VERY psychotic homeless man” named William. 

“He grabbed me so forcefully, pinned my arm, punched me in the nose, forehead repeatedly telling me he was going to kill me,” she wrote. “Then he showed me how he was going to kill me.” 

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Perrette, who is best known for playing forensic specialist Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS procedural, did not note the method in which the man said he was going to kill her, but she did write, “There was an empty garage behind me and I knew if he got me in there I was dead. I knew I couldn’t over come him.” 

In her note, Perrette said nothing about fighting back, instead writing, “I prayed my heart out and then finally said, ‘William is a beautiful name,I have a little nephew named William.’ That’s all I said, all I did, other than praying my heart out. He started to punch me again, and then said: ‘get the f—k out of here’ And I did.”

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But once the actress broke free, it took her a while to get to safety. She noted that after she collapsed on the sidewalk, a man walked right past her and let his dog lick her face without doing anything to help. Finally she was able to text her friend and put together a description for the police. 

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Pauley Perrette plays forensic specialist Abby on NCIS

“They got him,” she wrote simply. “Felony assault.” 

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The incident caused Perrette to reevaluate some things in her life. She concluded, “I am shaken and traumatized. My house, my beloved Hollywood. My beloved homeless people that I spend my life protecting. My life changed tonight…We need full mental health care. We need housing and help for the homeless. We need to support our cops. We need to not walk alone. I need to heal. I almost died tonight.” 

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