Date: 7th September 2001

Gary Oldman 'Beats Up Wife'

British actor GARY OLDMAN beat up his wife and wasted thousands on drink and drugs, according to legal papers filed by his wife DONYA FIORENTINO in Los Angeles. Fiorentino claims that Oldman hit her in the face with a phone in front of their two children GULLIVER and CHARLIE in May last year (00).

She insists, "As I picked up the phone to call the police Gary put his hand on my neck and squeezed. I backed away with the phone receiver in my hand. I tried to dial 911. Gary grabbed the phone receiver from my hand, and hit me in the face with the telephone receiver three times. "

She adds, "Both of the children were crying. Gary was holding Gulliver as he did this. " But the star denies the attack took place and counterclaims that she is a "hopeless (drug) addict and a liar". On 27 January 2001, troubled Fiorentino was found unconscious and barely breathing following a drugs overdose.

The couple first met at an ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) meeting in October 1996, married in 1997 and separated on 13 April 2001. (PDD/WNTMA/KW)

Source: WENN