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‘NCIS’ star Pauley Perrette is living in fear after attacker is released

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Actress Pauley Perrette said she is “afraid” after a man who violently attacked her in 2015 was let out of a psychiatric facility. © Charley Gallay/Getty Images for The Trevor Proj Actress Pauley Perrette said she is “afraid” after a man who violently attacked her in 2015 was let out of a psychiatric facility. Actress Pauley Perrette is afraid of what might happen now that the man who attacked her on a street has been released from a psychiatric institution.

Perrette, who is best-known for her role on “NCIS,” told Fox 11 that she is “afraid to go out” now that her life is “forever changed” after being attacked by a homeless man in her L.A. neighborhood in 2015.

“I'm afraid the next word I hear about this guy is that he's killed a female,” the 48-year-old told the news site.

LAPD is aware that the transient, named David Merck, has been released from the state facility and will respond to any reports of an alleged crime, acccording to Fox 11.

In November 2015, Perrette detailed how Merck attacked her on her own street in Hollywood Hills.

“So, tonight was awful, life changing and I'm only grateful to be alive,” she wrote on Twitter, sharing a lengthy post describing the attack.

“He grabbed me so forcefully, pinned my arm, punched me in the nose, forehead repeatedly telling me he was going to kill me," she tweeted. "Then he showed me how he was going to kill me. He kept repeating his name: 'WILLIAM — DON'T FORGET THAT! I'm going to kill you.”

He then proceeded to hit her before saying “get the ---k out of here,” Perrette recalled.

“I went into shock,” she said. “Collapsed on the sidewalk.”

It turned out the man who called himself "William" was actually Merck, and he was arrested by Los Angeles cops and charged with felony assault.

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