Pauley Perrette: “NCIS” Star Faces Alleged Attacker in Court

Pauley Perrette was attacked outside of her home in Hollywood last month. Her alleged attacker is a 45-year-old homeless man named David Merck. On Wednesday, the NCIS star–best known for her role as the quirky Abby Sciuto–faced her attacker in court in what was a very emotional moment.

Fighting back tears, Pauley Perrette gave her testimony on the stand. She refused to look at Merck, except when asked to identify him.


David Merck pleaded “not guilty to charges of making a threat and false imprisonment using violence,” and stared at Pauley Perrette throughout the proceedings.

Visibly upset following her testimony, Pauley Perrette was led out of the courtroom via a private exit.

“He told me he was going to kill me several times, and I absolutely believed him,” Perrette said after the alleged attack. “I prayed as hard as I’ve ever prayed for anything ever in my life, and I didn’t do anything. I thought, anything I do would escalate the situation–I couldn’t overcome him, he was stronger than me.”

“I took a pen, and I immediately, in shock, like, drew a picture of the guy, ’cause I didn’t have a camera,” she added. “The guy looks exactly like the thing that I drew.”

She wrote about the incident in a Twitter post.


Despite fearing for her life at the time of the alleged attack, Pauley Perrette spoke out empathetically about the plight of the homeless.

“[My heart] breaks for every single person that’s out there on the streets,” she said, “especially [those] with undiagnosed or untreated mental illness.”

“I’m glad I lived,” she said, adding of her alleged attacker, “I’m glad he didn’t kill me, but whatever, he doesn’t know who I am. He doesn’t know. He’s mentally ill and he has no support.”

If David Merck is convicted of attacking Pauley Perrette, he could spend up to four years in prison.


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