Martin Scorsese’s “ferocious” dog Desmond attacked and bit a Bronx woman at his tony Manhattan townhouse nearly three years ago, according to a lawsuit.
Natara Matias claims she was “severely injured” when the Oscar-winning director’s tiny 12-year-old pup – who has since “Departed” – chomped on her leg, says the suit filed in Bronx Supreme Court in mid-April.
The alleged attack happened Sept. 5, 2015, at Scorsese’s Lenox Hill home on East 64th Street.
Matias, who claims she also suffered injuries to her neck and back, accuses Scorsese and his wife Helen of knowing before the incident that Desmond was a terror.
The pup was known to be “wild, unruly, vicious and possessed of a ferocious nature and disposition with a propensity to attack other dogs and human beings,” court papers say.
Matias, who lives in the Pelham Parkway section of The Bronx, says the Scorseses were “negligent” by not keeping Desmond on a leash or muzzling him and because they failed to “warn” her of the dog’s “dangerous propensities.”
In their own filing, the Scorseses said they weren’t to blame and that Matias was injured due to her own “culpable conduct.”
Desmond was 13 years old when he died in July 2016, according to an Instagram post by Scorsese’s daughter Francesca.
“Desi, I will always have an empty feeling in my heart because you brought me so much happiness throughout my life and now you’re gone. I still haven’t processed it yet,” she wrote in the post showing a home video of the adorable dog. “I grew up with you- you were My Baby Boy, and now My Baby Boy is gone.”
A lawyer for the Scorseses didn’t immediately return a message.
Neither the “Goodfellas” director nor his wife could be reached.
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