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Ex-boyfriend arrested in death of Hollywood therapist found below 3rd story balcony

Posted at 12:58 PM, Feb 17, 2020

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – A Hollywood family therapist died over the weekend after being found unresponsive on the ground below a third story balcony.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced Dr. Amie Harwick’s death on Sunday and said her former boyfriend, 41-year-old Gareth Pursehouse, has been arrested for her murder.

Officers say they were called to the scene in the Hollywood Hills shortly after 1:15 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a “woman screaming.”

Responding officers were met by a roommate in the street who said Harwick was being assaulted inside her home, police say. The roommate added that she had jumped a wall and went to a neighbor’s home to call for help.

When police entered the home, they say they found Harwick gravely injured on the ground, suffering from significant injuries consistent with a fall. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died.

Police say an investigation revealed possible evidence of a struggle in the upstairs as well as forced entry to the residence and evidence of the suspect leaving after the murder.

Detectives say they learned Harwick had recently expressed fear about Pursehouse and had previously filed a restraining order against him. The restraining order had expired, and the victim had seen the former boyfriend two weeks ago, police say.

At about 4:40 p.m. Saturday, police say they arrested Pursehouse outside a home in Playa Del Rey.

Authorities are continuing to investigate this incident and will be present the case to a district attorney for filing consideration on Wednesday.

Along with working as a therapist, Harwick was also the author of a self-help book called “The New Sex Bible for Women” and she worked as a Playboy model. She also made headlines in recent years when she got engaged to comedian and “Price is Right” host Drew Carey. The two ended their engagement after less than a year, reports say.

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