Beautiful actress Rosario Dawson is terrified for her mother's safety after a jilted boyfriend attacked her and threatened to destroy her face with a hammer.

ISABEL DAWSON, mother of the 25th HOUR stunner and 19-year-old son CLAY, was assaulted by her allegedly abusive ex, CARLOS BELLO, last week (20MAY03) outside her home in New York's East Village.

Isabel claims the problem began after she ended her year-long relationship with Bello and he responded by trying to choke her.

A few days later she and her son were walking to a local pizza place when Bello attacked them. Neighbours came to the rescue in the nick of time, and Bello was arrested.

Isabel explains, "He grabbed me by my throat and was going to punch me in the face. My son pulled me out of harm's way. Then he punched my son. Some neighbours saw what was happening and intervened.

"There was a crowd of people, but one of the guys just beat the c*** out of him. They beat him up pretty bad. He had to go to the hospital. I said, 'Leave him alone!' I didn't want this to happen. I just wanted this guy to leave me alone."

Dawson says that after she called her neighbours off Bello, he got up and menaced her with a hammer that was hanging from his tool belt, adding, "He said in Spanish he was going to disfigure me with his hammer. Then I left and filed a complaint with the 9th Precinct. This is not the person that I fell in love with."

She continues, "Rosario is upset, of course. I'm her mom. There is a guy out to get me because I won't be his girlfriend. I fear for my safety. I have bruises on my arms and legs from him grabbing me and throwing me around. The police took pictures. I'm not a small woman so he didn't have an easy time of it. I fought back.

"I really want him to know that I have no ill will toward him, because I'm sure he'll be reading this. He really crossed the line. I just want him to leave me alone."

27/05/2003 13:30