Leonardo DiCaprio attacker pleads not guilty

Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:42pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman accused of attacking Leonardo DiCaprio with a broken bottle at a Hollywood party in 2005 pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assault with a deadly weapon.

Aretha Wilson, 40, is expected to return to court August 23 for a preliminary hearing. Wilson, who fled to Canada and was extradited to the United States to face the charge, remains in a California jail.

DiCaprio, star of current hit movie "Inception," suffered "great bodily injury'" when Wilson attacked him with a broken beer bottle, according to an arrest warrant.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merritt previously issued a protective order requiring Wilson to stay at least 500 yards away from the actor and two witnesses to the alleged attack.

(Editing by Jill Serjeant)