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On Ice Over Fleiss

Tom Sizemore gets six months for abusing Fleiss. First, though, the actor must go to rehab

Two months after his conviction for beating and harassing his ex-fiancee, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, Tom Sizemore was sentenced on Monday to six months behind bars and three years' probation, the Associated Press reports. First, however, the ''Black Hawk Down'' actor will attend rehab. He's due back in court on January 30, at which time Judge Antonio Barreto Jr. may cut Sizemore's jail sentence in half if the actor can show enough improvement after counseling for drugs, anger, and domestic violence.

Sizemore was also ordered to stay away from Fleiss, pay $1,200 in fines, and undergo periodic drug testing. In addition, he pleaded no contest on an unrelated battery case involving another woman and was sentenced to additional probation and fined $100, E! Online reports.

Sizemore didn't speak during the sentencing but apologized in a letter, in which he said ''personal demons'' had ruled his life. ''I am very chastened by the trial and my convictions,'' AP quoted the letter as saying.

Attending the sentencing was Sizemore supporter Charlie Sheen, who gave his friend a big hug in the courtroom, E! Online reports. Sheen, of course, had his own history with Fleiss, having testified during her 1995 tax-evasion trial that he'd spent $53,000 for the services of her employees.

Originally posted Oct 28, 2003
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