Pauley Perrette of 'NCIS' Opens Up About Terrifying Attack By 'Psychotic Homeless Man'

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Pauley Perrette of NCIS has opened up about her terrifying assault by a "psychotic homeless man" in November.

"Physically I am fine," Perrette told Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier. "Emotionally that was a very traumatic event."

The incident that took place on Nov. 13 left the 46-year-old actress physically and emotionally damaged. According to Perrett, who plays Abby on NCIS, she was punched repeatedly and had her life threatened by a "psychotic homeless man."

After escaping from the attack, Perrette reportedly drew a sketch of the man she believed assaulted her and the Los Angeles Police Department was able to locate and charge a 45-year-old white male suspect named David Merck on felony battery charges. Merck remains in custody on $60,000 bail after being ordered to stand trial on the two felony counts. If convicted as charged, he faces up to four years in prison.

"I can't believe I made it out of that," Perrette said. "By the grace of God I did."

Perrette said she was grateful that ET's Frazier was on the scene shortly after the alleged assault.

"Kevin is like my brother," Perrette said of Frazier. "I know you were there as my friend."

Perrette shared her experience during a visit to the ET set ahead of Tuesday night's NCIS-NCIS: New Orleans crossover episode. In the episode, Abby must help her chef brother after he runs into trouble when passengers and crew on a private plane he catered are murdered.

NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Pam Wright