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Big Trouble

Tom Sizemore is found guilty on seven abuse counts. He's acquitted of nine other charges in Fleiss case

After three days of deliberation, a Los Angeles jury delivered a split decision for Tom Sizemore. On Friday, the ''Black Hawk Down'' star was found guilty on seven counts of domestic violence, criminal threats, vandalism, and harassing phone calls against his former fiancée, ex-Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. He was found not guilty on nine other counts of domestic violence, criminal threats, harassing phone calls, and intimidating a witness, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.

The trial was a dramatic event marked by courtroom weeping by both Fleiss and Sizemore. Fleiss testified that Sizemore had beat her on several occasions and had made threatening phone calls to her and her brother, allegations she said were backed by the photos and phone tapes she made available to the jury. Sizemore did not testify, but his lawyer argued that Fleiss was a liar and a convicted felon who hoped to extort money from Sizemore.

Free on $100,000 bail, Sizemore faces a possible four years behind bars when he is sentenced on Oct. 2. Still to come is another domestic violence trial against another woman who says she is a former girlfriend. Sizemore's camp has denied the allegations in that case.

''I'd like to thank my family for their continued loving support, I'd like to thank all of my fans who have continued to be fans, and I'd like put this behind me now and do what I've always loved doing, making movies,'' Sizemore said after the verdict, according to wire service reports. For her part, Fleiss said, ''Of course I don't feel good that someone has to go to jail. But all I did was tell the truth. In fact I left a whole lot out.'' Of Sizemore, she said, ''I want to pretend I never met him.''

Originally posted Aug 18, 2003
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