They fought and I covered up a lot of that — they destroyed hotel rooms, cars, their house... It was abusive," a longtime friend reportedly said.
"He loved her with all his heart but it was a serious love-hate relationship," claimed a longtime friend.
To the world, Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi were completely in love. But several years after the Dirty Dancing actor passed away in 2009, Niemi was accused of being physically abusive towards her husband, even during the last months before his death when he suffered from cancer.
Based on a report by Radar, a year-long investigation had revealed that Swayze's life was turned into hell during the final months of his life. He was forced to live like a prisoner at home because Niemi allegedly banned him from leaving the house or even his loved ones coming to see him.
"He loved her with all his heart but it was a serious love-hate relationship," the source, who was reported to have been a longtime friend of the actor's, told Radar. "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."
Swayze was reported to have lost a lot of weight during his final months with cancer and the source revealed that even then, Niemi would physically abuse him. "She wouldn’t hit him with stuff — she would claw at his arms and neck. She would punch and slap him," the source said. "As he got sick, he was defenseless. Cancer bought 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."
However, Niemi denied all the claims of her having been physically abusive to her husband of over three decades. In interviews before his death, Swayze would describe his wife as someone who was right by his side through his journey with cancer, according to HuffPost.
Following Swayze's death, Niemi went on to remarry six years later, in 2014. She told People she took "a leap of faith" and got married to jeweler Albert DePrisco.
Niemi said at the time, "Albert knew I still loved Patrick and would always love him, and told me, ‘and I know you love me, and I love you.’ How could I not marry this man? As I had time to process the change my life was going to take, my doubts became less and less, and I became more and more sure."
After claims came out of her having physically abused Swayze during their marriage, a spokesperson told Gossip Cop on her behalf that "None of it is true," reported HuffPost.
A spokesperson also told MailOnline that "It is categorically untrue. It is that simple."
Apart from claims of physical abuse, Niemi was also put under the spotlight when she said that Swayze's mother was "very violent" with him in a documentary named I Am Patrick Swayze, according to USA Today.
His brother, Don Swayze also said in the documentary, "He always thought Mom was so strict and so hard on him, but the way I saw it she just used that to spur him on. He was everything to my mother."
But the actor's other brother, Sean Swayze criticized Niemi for alleging that their mother would beat him up. "There was never any abuse in our family," Sean Swayze told RadarOnline.
The brother also accused Niemi of using the actor's life to make money for herself after he passed away. "She has been grubbing for money since he died. Anything that makes her money she’ll tell the press," Sean Swayze said.
When he mentioned the current relationship with Swayze's ex-wife, Niemi, the brother also said, "We don’t talk to Lisa. I don’t care if she lives or dies. We were always a family and were close. She always hated being around us. She was cold around us."
Talking about the reason why Sean Swayze did not want to be a part of the actor's documentary, he said, "I know what my family was like growing up. I don’t need to watch a documentary about it... There was never any abuse. She [our mom] had a temper. We all had tempers. Everyone had violent tempers. But there were no beatings. We got spankings and whippings, like a good old southern boy. All we did was get our whippings growing up. We never got punched in the face, hit across the body or slapped in the face. We got a belt to our butts growing up. That was normal back then. And it doesn’t mean it’s abuse."
The brother also added, "We had a great childhood. We were in sports and athletes in school. It was fun."