The actor, who has been married four times, claims his first wife Doorn van Steyn would scratch him during explosive arguments which blighted their seven-year union.
In a candid interview with Piers Morgan for his Life Stories TV series, Moore recalls, “She would scratch me. My mother was always petrified when I went home to see that I had more scars. The marriage was doomed. She threw a pot of tea at me. I’d been sunbathing in the garden, I came up and I’d taken off my pants and I gave her some smart Alec answer and this teapot came hurtling at me.”
He also accused the ice skater of attacking his doctor, adding, “I cut my hand open once and we went round to the local GP (general practitioner) and she said to him, ‘Aren’t you going to do anything?’ and punched him. Which made a change because normally she punched me! I said, ‘Right, that’s it, that’s the end, I’m leaving.'”
Moore left van Steyn for singer Dorothy Squires, but he alleges his second union was just as violent: “She had a great temper. I remember, to avoid confrontation, I used to strum the guitar and one day I was sitting on the edge of the table strumming my guitar and she was ranting on about something and I wasn’t taking any notice. Next thing I know, I could feel the guitar coming out of my hands and see it up above my head and bash! It came down. She ruined the guitar.”
The Live and Let Die star admits their most bitter bust-up came after Squires discovered his affair with Italian actress Luisa Mattioli.
He says, “Dorothy was not happy. She threw a brick through my window. She reached through the glass and grabbed my shirt and she cut her arms doing it. The police came and they said, ‘Madam, you’re bleeding’ and she said, ‘It’s my heart that’s bleeding.’ And it probably was but there you go – I’m selfish.”
The veteran actor’s full interview is due to air in the U.K. on Friday (14Sep12).