Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos star randomly punched in the face in NYC, maniac assailant still free

New York City recently boasted of “significant reductions achieved in most major crime categories citywide,” with the NYPD reporting that overall index crime “dropped another 4.9 percent in the month of April compared to the same month last year.”

A few days later a woman was lassoed while walking down a Bronx street and raped between two parked cars. The crime was captured on video and went viral, and NYC served up a chaser when “beloved hometown actor and Brooklyn native Steve Buscemi,” as the New York Post described the 66-year-old actor, was randomly punched in the face while walking in Manhattan.

Buscemi, who starred in “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire,” was the victim of an unprovoked assault Wednesday that resulted in bruising, swelling, and bleeding to his left eye. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, according to the newspaper.

“I saw he was with a woman, and then through the corner of the window I saw him trip and fall backwards,” a worker in the area who saw Buscemi fall told the Post. “He right away got up and ran in the opposite direction. I didn’t see who hit him.

The maniac assailant who hit him was not apprehended.


The actor’s publicist released a statement on Sunday updating the public on his condition — a statement that doesn’t seem simpatico with the “significant” reduction in crime the NYPD announced the day before Buscemi was popped.

“Steve Buscemi was assaulted in MidTown Manhattan, another victim of a random act of violence in the city. He is OK and appreciates everyone’s well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of NY.”

An honorary member of FDNY — he helped sift through the rubble after 9/11, according to the AP — Buscemi also received a key to the city in 2021.

He becomes the second “Boardwalk Empire” actor to be assaulted in the Big Apple. On March 31, co-star Michael Stuhlbarg was hit with a rock while walking in Central Park — he reportedly chased down the assailant, who was taken into custody outside the park.

Buscemi played Tony Blundetto in “The Sopranos,” first cousin and close childhood friend to the lead character Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini.

Tom Tillison


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