The wife of late actor Patrick Swayze is being forced to deny accusations that she regularly abused him, even when he was dying of cancer.
A so-called friend of Swayze and wife Lisa Niemi claims the actor was kept a prisoner in his own home during his dying days, forbidden from receiving visits from his family, and was a victim of vicious attacks.
"He loved her with all his heart but it was a serious love-hate relationship," the source told Radar Online.
"She would beat on him and he would beat on the walls and furniture. They fought and I covered up a lot of that — they destroyed hotel rooms, cars, their house... it was abusive.
"She wouldn't hit him with stuff — she would claw at his arms and neck. She would punch and slap him. As he got sick, he was defenseless," the friend added.
"Cancer brought him from 180 pounds to 90 pounds. She always had the upper hand because he wouldn't hit her. He was adamant about never ever laying his hands on her."
The source also said that Swayze's brother, who cared for him when Niemi couldn't be there, would regularly find Swayze laying in his own filth.
"Lisa would be gone for hours doing whatever she was doing and Donnie would come in and Patrick would be lying in his own feces and pee," he said.
Another friend close to Swayze's mother claims Niemi banned anyone from visiting him in the two months before he died — including his own mother.
"Could you imagine not being able to see your son who is dying?" the source told Radar. "It was unexplainable. There is no excuse for it and I don't know what Lisa was thinking."
Patsy Swayze died in 2013.
But Niemi denies all of it. Her rep told the Daily Mail, "It is categorically untrue. It is that simple."
Swayze and Niemi were married for 34 years before he died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.
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