Homeless Man Faces 4 Years in Hollywood Hills Attack on ‘NCIS’ Actress Pauley Perrette: DA

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A homeless man who was charged Monday in a Hollywood Hills street attack on “NCIS” actress Pauley Perrette faces up to four years in state prison.

Actress Pauley Perrette is shown Nov. 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles LGBT Center 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. (Credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center)
Actress Pauley Perrette is shown Nov. 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles LGBT Center 46th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. (Credit: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Los Angeles LGBT Center)

David Merck, 45, was charged with one each of count of making a criminal threat and false imprisonment by violence, both felonies, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

He appeared in court in downtown L.A. Monday, entering a not guilty plea. The judge did not allow news cameras to photograph or take video of Merck.

He was arrested about an hour after the attack occurred in the 6000 block of Cahuenga Terrace on Nov. 12, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Perrette identified her attacker, police said.

Perrette described the encounter on Twitter, saying a “VERY psychotic homeless man” jumped her, punched her repeatedly and threatened to kill her.

“He kept repeating his name: ‘WILLIAM __, DON’T FORGET THAT!” Perrette wrote.

She told him: “William is a beautiful name, I have a little nephew named William.”

He punched her again and told her to “get the f— out of here,” after which point she collapsed in shock, Perrette wrote.

Perrette, who has appeared on television crime drama “NCIS” since 2003, said she believed the attack was random and not connected to her acting roles. She said she was a longtime advocate for the homeless, making the attack a “devastating irony.”

Merck’s bail was set at $60,000. He was due back in court Dec. 2.

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