Nudie Director Takes a Beating

updated 04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 01/29/1999 12:00AM

Cult movie director Russ Meyer's lover of 14 years has been convicted of repeatedly punching the filmmaker ("Beyond the Valley of the Dolls") in the face. Debra Masson, 39, was convicted in Los Angeles Monday of domestic battery, elder abuse and battery. Prosecutors said Meyer, 77, was punched in the face on May 26 while napping on a couch at the Hollywood Hills home he shared with Masson. Masson faces up to a $6,000 fine and one year in prison on each count. She is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 2.

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