Less than a month after enduring a terrifying near-death ordeal in a savage attack on the streets of Los Angeles, ‘NCIS’ actress Pauley Perrette has confronted her attacker in court.

46 year old Perrette appeared in a Los Angeles court room on Wednesday (December 2nd) and fought back the tears as she recounted the incident in which she was allegedly attacked by a homeless man on the street as she walked back to her home near Hollywood, which she made public via social media on November 13th, to a court commissioner.

The court official then ordered 45 year old David Merck to stand trial on charges of false imprisonment by violence and making a criminal threat. He is also forbidden to have any contact with Perrette, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette appeared in court to testify about the horrifying incident last month

She recalled that at around 5pm on November 12th, she and her assailant were the only two people in the street at the time. “He was so much stronger than me,” Paulette said, adding that Merck punched her in the nose and threatened to kill her. “I couldn’t run. I couldn’t fight… [he] kept repeating my name is William and I am going to kill you.”

Perrette came face to face with her alleged attacker for the first time since she detailed three weeks ago how she only managed to escape by begging for her life. According to the report, she did not look Merck in the eye except for when she was asked to identify him.

Three days after Perrette detailed the attack, he was formally charged on November 16th when prosecutors demanded a bail of $60,000.

Merck is due to be arraigned on December 16th, and if convicted of the felony charges, he could face imprisonment of up to four years.

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