NEW YORK (AP) -- Vincent Pastore of "The Sopranos" is in a New York court to fight a lawsuit accusing him of assaulting his former fiancee.

A trial began Friday in 47-year-old Lisa Regina's civil assault suit against him. She is asking a Manhattan state Supreme Court jury for unspecified damages for what she calls physical and psychological injuries.

Pastore pleaded guilty in 2005 to attempted assault on Regina. He was sentenced to 70 hours of community service.

She says Pastore pulled her out of a car in Manhattan's Little Italy in April 2005, hit her, dumped her and her luggage on the street, and drove off.

Despite the plea, the 62-year-old actor denies the accusations and says she attacked him.

Pastore played gangster Sal "Big Pussy" Bompensiero on the HBO series.