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Tom Sizemore arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

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  • Actor Tom Sizemore arrived at the premiere of “The Expendables 3” in Los Angeles in Aug. 2014. Los Angeles police arrested Sizemore on suspicion of domestic violence today after receiving a call around 8:15 a.m. about a fight involving the actor in downtown Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES » Tom Sizemore was arrested today on suspicion of felony domestic violence and was being held on $50,000 bail, police said.

The “Black Hawk Down” actor was arrested this morning at a downtown Los Angeles apartment by police responding to a call at 8:15 a.m., said Los Angeles police officer Jane Kim. She declined to disclose details about the alleged victim or the severity of any injuries.

Sizemore, 54, has battled serious substance abuse problems over the years but has recently been working on the upcoming television series “Shooter.”

His manager Charles Lago declined comment about the arrest.

Sizemore became a star in the late 1990s and early 2000s with acclaimed appearances in “Saving Private Ryan” and “Heat.”

He then developed serious substance dependency problems that devastated his movie career, left him homeless, sent him to jail and led to a failed suicide attempt.

He had been making a comeback in recent years after he wrote the candid book “By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There: A Memoir” about his recovery.

Sizemore told The Associated Press in 2013 after the release of the book that he believed his dependency was related to the trappings of success, something he thought he could mask with alcohol.

“First I drank. People could tell if you were drunk, so then I was like, ‘Hey, look, let me find a drug where I feel comfortable in my own skin,’” he said in the interview. “But I did. I found a drug and it was called cocaine. I did it for a while. Then I found an even better drug and it was called heroin.”

Then, he said, crystal meth became the drug that consumed his life and powered his spectacular fall from success.

In 2003, he was convicted of assault and battery on his ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss. After failing numerous drug tests while on probation, Sizemore went to prison.

Over the next five years he was arrested on more drug and probation violations. He fell into debt and owed millions of dollars.

His recovery was also documented by appearances on the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab” and its spinoff “Sober House.”

Associated Press writer Robert Jablon In Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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  • Good actor, seemingly likeable guy … until all this rubbish about him surfaces in the media. If true, this guy in trouble. C’mon Tom, pull yourself together man.

    • Agreed. He was great in all the movies mentioned in the article, but one of his lesser known roles (from one of my favorite movies) was as a semi-psychotic paramedic in Martin Scorcese’s “Bringing Out the Dead.”

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