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Celeb Screenwriter's Former GF - He Brutalized Me

2/20/2009 10:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Shane BlackOne of the most famous screenwriters in Hollywood is accused of a campaign of terror and violence against his former girlfriend...the allegations include kicking, punching, choking, crushing and throwing her, and that's just the beginning.

Shane Black, who wrote "Lethal Weapon," "The Last Boy Scout," and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," has been sued by Sonya Popovich, who claims among many things, in 2006, a cocaine-fueled Shane put a gun in his mouth, threatened to blow his head off and then pointed it in her direction -- it discharged, hitting a wall.

She also claims he crushed and tried suffocating her during another incident during the same year. She says she was hospitalized for a hairline split in her esophagus that Shane allegedly inflicted. While in the hospital, Popovich alleges he visited her and on one occasion "crawled into [her] bed, removed a vial of cocaine from his pocket, sniffed some cocaine from the vial, and proceeded to masturbate in Plaintiff's hospital bed."

In her lawsuit for assault, battery, and emotional distress filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Popovich is asking for more than $5 million.

UPDATE -- Black's lawyers gave us this statement: "Shane was in a bad relationship that involved a lot of intoxicants that ended about a year ago. Once it ended, he sought the necessary help, and has been on the straight and narrow. He's not going to respond to these made up stories except to refute them in court."

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renee    

To: in the know, don’t jump to conclusions, and some facts

Do you really think anyone believes that three different people write almost the exact same words? If it is three different people then Shane doesn’t need anymore friends like you –no thoughts of your own. It is hard to believe that you think you are in the know when you write garbage like you just did. Obviously there are some facts that will be testified in court and under oath. So, why don’t we wait?
According to statistics, “once an abuser, always an abuser”. Very few men change. Why would you support this kind of behavior from a man no matter what? Just listen to the news and you will hear more information on battered women syndrome and why women stay in these type if relationships.

2058 days ago
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chris    

Dirty Laundry? Shane Black is know for years of having crazy drug stripper horror parties of which that girl was not a part of... why would he worry about more dirty laundry?... it seems that his friends are trying to slander her which is a typical abusive pattern of abusive men. The only gossip about her is good and she is not known for the things Shane's friends are claiming... very weak support on his behalf if you ask me. Lame defense on his part. She is a beautiful and I don't know why she put up him. She can get a better guy and probably will.

2056 days ago
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chris    

TO the trashy talk, low class friend of Shane's. Sounds like she turned you down and your upset about it still ."Angry chimp. stripper? Gold digger?" You must hate women.

I just looked her up and she's hot!!!

Get over it dude!... Maybe they'll get back together and then you'll have to get over it for real. Ha ha

2056 days ago
4.

hh    

If this is true, what in IDIOT..

Losers like this give a bad name to screenwriters everywhere. BLACKLIST THE D-BAG ALREADY.

I write better scripts anyhow!

2073 days ago
5.

toofastforyou!    

FIRST AGAIN SUCKERS!!!! HAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

2073 days ago
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AwesomeBods    

Beating up on women must be the new FAD in Hollywood these days.

2073 days ago
7.

ww    

WTF is wrong with people???

2073 days ago
8.

Luke Warmwater    

You don't have to be crazy to be a Hollywood screenwriter, but it helps.

2073 days ago
9.

dairy    

guess he's one of Chris Brown's mates then...?

2073 days ago
10.

Liz    

Throw his a!! in the same cell as the one Chris Brown needs to in and let them beat the sh!t out of each other!

2073 days ago
11.

Str8UpNilka    

AwesomeBods: how could you say this? Don't you remember George Clooney informing all of us that Hollywood is ahead of the curve?!?!

2073 days ago
12.

Ronnie    

After all the RACIST comment about how only BROTHERS BEAT THEIR WOMEN...

really?????

BEATING A WOMAN IS WRONG REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, ETC. Now maybe the PEOPLE WILL SHUT UP ABOUT MAKING IT A RACIAL ISSUE AND AS AMERICANS WE WILL TAKE ACTION AGAINST THIS HEINOUS CRIME. Soon we may become like other countries who makes it legal to BURN YOUR WIFE.

America WAKE UP!

2073 days ago
13.

Whamo    

I really don't see the problem here. I mean who does'nt do smoe blow and snap one off in a hospital bed?
You people live a sheltered life. ,

2073 days ago
14.

Jane    

"Throw his a!! in the same cell as the one Chris Brown needs to in and let them beat the sh!t out of each other!" - Stole the thoughts right outta my head!!!! What a couple of douchey-vaginas!!!!

2073 days ago
15.

something smells    

WHY DID SHE LET HIM CRAWL INTO HER HOSPITAL BED WITH HER? SHE'S A NUTT TOO.

2073 days ago
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