Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wiseguy Turns Dumbass After a Few Free Drinks

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM

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Henry P. Hill, the mobster-turned-snitch whose real-life story inspired the book Wiseguys and the Martin Scorsese flick Goodfellas, was arrested Sunday night in a hotel east of St. Louis.

Hill is in town to showcase his artwork and meet with fans of the film this week at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club strip joint outside East St. Louis.

(Read an interview with Hill about his Goodfellas lifestyle.)

According to reports, police were called to the Drury Inn in Fairview Heights, Illinois, around 9 p.m. December 13 after the 66-year-old Hill, a resident of California, became disruptive. Law officials charged Hill with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

"I got a summons for being intoxicated; it wasn't my first one," Hill told the Belleville News-Democrat yesterday. "I broke the law and I got arrested."

Then again, it wasn't really Hill's fault. The problem was the free booze.

click to enlarge Henry Hill, played by actor Ray Liotta, could handle his liquor (but not his drugs) in Goodfellas.
  • Henry Hill, played by actor Ray Liotta, could handle his liquor (but not his drugs) in Goodfellas.
Per the News-Democrat:
"Sometimes I have one too many. I know I shouldn't drink this much, but they give you free drinks. I had a few and it got pretty foggy after that. The lady I was with doesn't drink, so I had six drinks and I ended up at the county jail."
Hill was taken to jail and released on a $1,000 bail. Said a remorseful (and sober) Hill yesterday:
"Apparently I got loud and beligerent in the lobby, but there was no one there except me and the girl in the lobby, so now I owe her an apology. I will personally go down and apologize to her."
Recently Riverfront Times staff writer Nicholas Phillips sat down with Hill to recall his wiseguy days. Check out the interview here.

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