DiCaprio hospital dash after bottle attack

By CAROLINE GRAHAM, Mail on Sunday

Last updated at 11:42 19 June 2005

The Aviator star Leonardo DiCaprio has been rushed to hospital after a drunken woman attacked him with a beer bottle.

The 30-year-old actor needed 12 stitches for a gash to his head.

He was attacked early on Friday as he left a party at the Hollywood Hills home of Rick Solomon, who starred in an infamous sex tape with Paris Hilton.

Last night DiCaprio's publicist Ken Sunshine said: "While leaving a small private gathering, Leo was attacked by a woman who was trespassing and had been repeatedly asked to leave.

"The attacker struck him with a glass object before being restrained by witnesses. The woman was reportedly looking for an ex-boyfriend whom she had apparently physically assaulted on prior occasions."

A source close to the star said: "It was a totally unprovoked attack. Leo was behaving himself and this woman just attacked him for no reason." The actor, currently filming gangster thriller The Departed with Jack Nicholson, was driven to hospital for treatment and released.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said: "We have not filed any formal charges yet. The investigation is still under way."

DiCaprio earned a reputation as a playboy after the enormous success of Titanic. He and friends including Solomon and magician David Blaine dubbed themselves the 'pussy posse' and became a staple of gossip columns.

But the actor, who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for The Aviator, recently said his three-year romance with supermodel Gisele Bundchen had calmed him down.

He said: "These days I prefer to spend time with her. I don't go out partying."

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