Never mess with a made man.
Paul Sorvino, famed for his role as mafia don Paul Cicero in Martin Scorsese's 1990 gangster classic Goodfellas, dished out some real-life law and order to his daughter's ex-boyfriend, pulling a gun on him during a confrontation at a motel in Stowe, Vermont.
The incident took place on Jan. 3 as Amanda Sorvino, 36, locked herself in the bathroom of her room and called 911 and her father after 21-year-old Daniel Snee allegedly began banging on her door and threatening to kill her.
The tough-guy actor was the first to arrive on the scene and, apparently drawing on his days as Detective Phil Cerreta on Law & Order and his real-life experience as a deputy sheriff in his home state of Pennsylvania, announced that he was armed and requested Snee to back away from the door and stand down.
Stowe City Police Chief Ken Kaplan says that Sorvino never pointed the gun at Snee and never threatened to shoot. Kaplan adds that because of his deputy status in Pennsylvania, the 67-year-old Sorvino is allowed to carry a firearm across state lines and, as far as Kaplan is concerned, broke no laws.
When the local (real) cops arrived, Snee was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct. His blood alcohol content was listed as 0.175, more than double the legal limit for driving in Vermont.
According to an affidavit filed by Officer Frederick Whitcomb, Snee crawled through an open window of the police cruiser and managed to flee—adding a charge of escape to his rap sheet—but was found an hour later hiding behind the hotel.
Snee was taken to a local correctional facility, where he remains behind bars on $5,000 bail. Snee is scheduled to appear in Vermont District Court in Hyde Park on Feb. 5.
The younger sister of Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Amanda Sorvino had reportedly ended her relationship with Snee shortly before the confrontation.
She appeared Tuesday before a judge in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to seek a restraining order against Snee. In her testimony, she described the exchange between the young man and her father.
"He got in my father's face and said, 'Go ahead, Paul, shoot. I ain't done nothing wrong,' " Amanda Sorvino told the court.
The judge ultimately approved the stay-away order, which prohibits Snee from coming near Sorvino for three years.
Neither Paul Sorvino nor his publicist had any comment on Wednesday.