James Bond legend Roger Moore has revealed how his former wives Doorn van Steyn and Dorothy Squires both subjected him to a string of battering during their turbulent marriages.
The 84-year-old actor said that he was punched, scratched, hit with a teapot, whacked over the head with a guitar and had a brick hurled through his window, among other things, the Mirror reported.
Moore claimed that first wife van Steyn, who he married when he was just 19, also punched his doctor, as he dithered over treating her husband for a slashed hand.
“It made a change because normally she punched me,” the Mirror quoted him as telling Piers Morgan in an interview for his TV series, ‘Life Stories.’
When the stunned host asked if she really hit him, Moore replied saying, “Yes, she would scratch me. She threw a pot of tea at me. I’d been sunbathing in the garden, I came up and I’d taken off my pants and I gave her some smart Alec answer and this teapot came hurtling at me. I said, ‘Right, that’s it, I’m leaving’.
“She storms off out of the room and I hear the bath running. I thought, ‘What a cow, I’m leaving her and she’s having a bath’.
“So I smashed the bathroom door open and she had all my clothes in the bath and said, ‘Now leave me’. I waited for them to dry. The marriage was doomed,” he said.
Moore said how he left van Steyn, who died in 2010, in 1953 but had to make up a fling with a friend’s wife in order to get a divorce. Later that year he married Welsh singer Squires – and the attacks continued.
Recalling one, he said: “There was a confrontation. I remember, to avoid confrontation, I used to strum the guitar and one day I was sitting on the edge of the table strumming and she was ranting on about something and I wasn’t taking any notice.
“Next thing I know, it was like slow motion, I could feel the guitar coming out of my hands and I could see it up above my head and… bash, it came down. She ruined the guitar. She had a great temper,” he said.
The marriage ended when Moore cheated with actress Luisa Mattioli, who would become his third wife.
“Dorothy was not happy to find out I was having an affair,” he said.
“She threw a brick through my window, she reached through the glass and grabbed my shirt and she cut her arms doing it.
“The police came and they said, ‘Madam, you’re bleeding’. And she said, ‘It’s my heart that’s bleeding’. And it probably was, but there you go, I’m selfish. I didn’t say I was nice,” he added.
Updated at: 07 December 2013
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