Toronto Star

DiCaprio’s alleged slasher in court

- EMILY MATHIEU STAFF REPORTER

The woman wanted for a 2005 attack in Hollywood Hills on actor Leonardo DiCaprio is scheduled to return next month to a Toronto court on assault charges. L.A. police allege Aretha Wilson, 37, fled to Canada to avoid an arrest warrant after the 2005 attack that left the actor bleeding heavily from a gash near his ear. DiCaprio was slashed with a jagged piece of glass at a house party, in what police describe as an unprovoked attack. Wilson has been out on bail in Toronto for some months. Now that they know where she is, Los Angeles County officers want her back. They’re looking at evidence to seek her extraditio­n on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. “If she’s only going to serve six months up there, it might be worth it for us to extradite her if we can get a stiffer consequenc­e,” L.A. police Det. Steve Ramirez said. A month after the attack on DiCaprio, an arrest warrant was issued for Wilson after she failed to show up at a police station. In July 2006, the fugitive was arrested by Toronto police and charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm. The allegation states “she got into some kind of argument with somebody she knew and cut him in the face,” said police Const. Isabelle Cotton. The accused is a Canadian citizen, she said. Wilson appeared at Old City Hall in December, was granted bail and is scheduled back in court in February, police said. The attack on DiCaprio occurred at a party at the home of former Paris Hilton partner Rick Salomon. The 33-year-old DiCaprio was on a break from filming The Departed at the time. “When the suspect approached him, he tried to walk away,” said L.A. police officer Karen Smith. The accused had once dated a friend of DiCaprio’s, reports say. When the actor cut their conversati­on short, the contents of a glass were flung at him. Then when he turned, he was hit by the glass itself. Friends rushed DiCaprio to hospital, where 17 stitches were needed to close cuts on his neck and ear. DiCaprio’s spokespers­on told the Los Angeles Times that the woman had crashed the private party and had been asked repeatedly to leave. An extraditio­n would likely be a long process unless Wilson were to consent. “They are supposed to happen quickly but they can take years,” said Toronto criminal lawyer David Rose. With files from The Canadian Press

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Leo DiCaprio needed 17 stitches.

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