Pastore Testifies In Assault Trial
Former The Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore wept in court on Friday (06Feb09) during an emotional testimony as part of an ongoing legal battle with his ex-fiancee.The 62-year-old star is at the centre of a $5.5 million (£3.79 million) civil lawsuit from his former partner Lisa Regina, 47, who accuses him of assaulting her during a dispute in April 2005.
Pastore - who played Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero in the hit show - pleaded guilty in 2005 to attempted assault on Regina, 47, and was sentenced to 70 hours of community service.
He is now battling the case out in New York's civil courts and on Friday gave a stirring testimony, admitting they did have a blazing row during a drive to New Jersey - but he is adamant the argument never turned physical.
He told the Manhattan Supreme Court court, "I was upset because I knew Lisa was with me because of her own personal goals. It had nothing to do with love. I got angry. I started to cry.
"We were both angry, both yelling at each other," he said. "I had both hands on the steering wheel. I did not hit her on the back of the head, and I did not hit her head on the gear shift, as she has said."
Regina claimed to have suffered psychiatric harm from the incident and is seeking damages.