They danced for hours and she stayed the night, and he sent her home by taxi the next morning.
He called a few days later to arrange a date, but then canceled due to a previous obligation.
“He was coming out of the bathroom when I attacked him,” she writes.
“I don’t think I kicked him, but I beat him savagely about the head and shoulders.
They were often photographed at restaurants and parties and clubs.” His son, Griffin, was “only 11, surfing and smoking weed.” Everything about O’Neal came to have a darkness to it in Huston’s eyes — she sensed something “distinctly perverse about the O’Neal household” — and in time, he began cheating on her.
“I was beginning to mistrust everything about him,” she writes.
Things were getting ugly; I was holding on longer than I should have.” One night they got into a fight at a Beverly Hills party.Once, as they watched the matrimonial game show “The Newlywed Game,” Nicholson began to mock. “Little tiny marriage game.” “I replied, ‘If you had any balls, you’d marry me,’ ” writes Huston. “But I was just self-centered and egotistical and needy enough to follow up with him the next day.” The pair smoked a joint and went to the Lakers game, and after, Huston “kissed him for six hours straight on my dining-room table.” She told Nicholson she was leaving him for O’Neal, and began spending weekends with O’Neal and his family, which led to some major red flags.He and daughter Tatum, then 12, were “almost a couple unto themselves; he seemed to have few boundaries with her.It was tragic, really.” While Huston would soon find a more lasting love — she married sculptor Robert Graham in 1992 and remained with him until his death in 2008 — the aftermath of her breakup with Nicholson left her crushed.She went several years without seeing him until they reunited on the set of Sean Penn’s 1995 “The Crossing Guard,” in which Penn had cast her as Nicholson’s ex-wife.