Actor Arrested on Felony Charges

Los Angeles police told media today that actor Tom Sizemore was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony domestic violence. The arrest is a setback for the actor attempting a comeback following a career derailed by addiction, abuse allegations and more than a year in prison. Sizemore is best known for his role in the movie “Black Hawk Down” and has achieved fame for his portrayals of gruff tough guys.

Los Angeles police Officer Jane Kim said Sizemore was arrested Tuesday morning at a downtown Los Angeles apartment. She declined to disclose details about the alleged victim or the severity of any injuries. Sizemore, 54, was taken into custody around 9:40 a.m. and was released around 8:20 p.m. after posting $50,000 bail.


The actor has battled serious substance abuse problems over the years but recently found work as a recurring character on the upcoming television series “Shooter.” The series is an adaptation of a book and film about a marksman drawn into a modern day conspiracy to assassinate the U.S. president. His manager Charles Lago declined comment about Tuesday’s arrest.

Sizemore became a star in the late 1990s and early 2000s with acclaimed appearances in “Saving Private Ryan” and “Heat.” It was at that point that he developed serious substance dependency problems that devastated his movie career, left him homeless, sent him to jail and led to a failed suicide attempt. It was just in the last 4 years, that his career started to make a comeback, following a candid book he wrote: “By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir” about his recovery from addiction.

Sizemore told The Associated Press in 2013 after the book’s release that he believed his dependency was related to the trappings of success, something he thought he could mask with alcohol. “First I drank. People could tell if you were drunk, so then I was like, ‘Hey, look, let me find a drug where I feel comfortable in my own skin,'” he said in the interview. “But I did. I found a drug and it was called cocaine. I did it for a while. Then I found an even better drug and it was called heroin.”

Finally, he said, crystal meth became the drug that consumed his life and powered his spectacular fall from success. In 2003, he was convicted of assault and battery on his ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, who testified the actor punched her in the jaw at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Fleiss, is a former Hollywood madam convicted in 1994 of running a high-priced call-girl ring. She accused Sizemore of beating her so badly in New York that they could not attend the premiere of “Black Hawk Down.”

After his conviction, Sizemore denied he abused Fleiss and accused her of faking a picture showing her bruises. He also pleaded no contest in 2003 and avoided a trial in a case in which another former girlfriend accused him of punching her and dragging her on the ground. Over the next several years he was arrested on more drug and probation violations. He fell into debt and owed millions of dollars.

After failing numerous drug tests while on probation, Sizemore was imprisoned from August 2007 to January 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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