Tennis player-turned-coach and broadcaster Justin Gimelstob was arrested on felony battery charges by Los Angeles police, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Gimelstob is accused of attacking one-time pal Randall Kaplan on Halloween night. Kaplan claims that Gimelstob came up from behind him and struck him 50 times and threatened to kill him. Kaplan said the incident was witnessed by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.
Gimelstob turned himself into authorities on Wednesday and was released on $50,000 bail. He was dressed as a “Top Gun” pilot the night of the alleged incident.
A police report attached to a Nov. 1 restraining order contains photos of a bruised Kaplan, the Times reports. Kaplan told the court he and his family remain terrified of Gimelstob.
“I am afraid for my life,” Kaplan wrote, according to the LA Times.
The disagreement between Gimelstob and Kaplan apparently revolves around Gimelstob’s estranged wife, Cary, who Kaplan has remained friendly with.
Cary Gimelstob filed a domestic violence restraining order against Justin in 2016, alleging he “physically assaulted, harassed, verbally attacked and stole.”
Most of Gimelstob’s success came in doubles and he captured mix doubles grand slam titles at the Australian and French Open in 1998 with Venus Williams.