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Actor stabs himself near Village home after fight with girlfriend


An actor and model slashed himself in the neck outside his Greenwich Village home Monday after a fight with his girlfriend over a breakup, police said.


Damon Tolstoy, 49, was standing on his stoop at Bank St. near Waverly Place when he stabbed himself just after 8 a.m., according to authorities. The building is next to the Waverly Inn restaurant, a celebrity haunt in the upscale West Village neighborhood.


Tolstoy was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Damon Tolstoy (pictured) was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

(The Meredith Vieira Show via YouTube)


Ken Mason, 40, who lives below Tolstoy on the first floor, said he awoke to the sound of the actor’s beloved bulldog barking loudly on the building’s stoop.

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“The dog was barking outside my door insensibly,” he said.


Roberto Nepoceno, 48, who works nearby, said he saw Tolstoy in the ambulance, with “his head … hunched down.”


“There was blood dripping down. I thought someone had hit him,” he said. “The EMT was trying to find out if he was conscious. He kept asking him, ‘You hear me? You hear me?’ He could only moan.”

Damon Tolstoy was standing on his stoop (pictured) when he stabbed himself.

Damon Tolstoy was standing on his stoop (pictured) when he stabbed himself.

(Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)


The heartsick model was often spotted walking his dog around the neighborhood, Nepoceno said.

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A woman who works as a superintendent next door said there was no hint of problems.


“He seemed happy,”she said. “This is really shocking.” The Harley Davidson eyewear model has appeared in a commercial for Jim Beam whiskey and in ads featured in Esquire and Max Italy, according to his website. He’s also had roles in two “Law and Order” episodes and was filmed in the Discovery Channel’s show “Fighting Tuna.”

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