The soap opera star who was ran over and beaten up by two men on Thanksgiving is turning the other cheek.
“I'm just trying to get back to normal, just trying to get back to acting … I have no hatred for these guys,” The Young and the Restless actor Corey Sligh, 27, told TheWrap Monday. “It was pretty scary being on the hood of that car, but I'm happy to still be able to move my neck.
“I’m happy to have the problem of relearning to walk instead of not being able to walk at all — I’m pretty blessed.”
The incident unfolded Thursday, Sligh said, when he and girlfriend Alisa Berhorst were visiting a West Hollywood Rite Aid pharmacy (to deliver a working friend a warm meal) when they encountered two men — one recklessly driving through the parking lot, one outside filming it.
“He wasn't just doing donuts: He was flying through the parking lot, going like 40,” Sligh said. “The car was inches from hitting cars, curbs, and buildings and they were both just laughing.”
Sligh said that he and his girlfriend entered the pharmacy, hearing screams outside as the reckless driving continued.
“Alisa and I went outside and the car finally stopped so the guy with the camera could get in,” Sligh said. “At first they seemed okay to talk to, so I said ‘Hey man, you're scaring the girls and they called the cops. Just get out of here — go.’”
The message was answered with violence, Sligh said, recalling how one of the men “looked me dead in the eye and kicked open his door as hard as he could into my chest.
“Then I said, ‘Look, I don't have any problems, man.’ And I walked away, off to the left of his car. That's when I heard tires squealing behind me.”
When Sligh turned around, he encountered a terrifying sight.
“The car was three feet away and coming at full speed,” the actor remembered. “The next thing I know, I'm up on the hood of the car, flipping off of the side.
“I thought it was over.”
The men then peeled out of the lot, returned and “both attacked me,” Sligh said, one hitting him “repeatedly in the face,” and the other one shoving the women nearby.
“I tried going over there while the first guy was hitting me,” he said. “I had to tackle one of the guys to get him off and that's when my arm snapped.”
Sligh said of injuries to his arm: It “basically has a second elbow in the middle, where it was bent.”
In the wake of the attack, police captured the two attackers, while Sligh was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was held through Sunday with a broken right arm and leg injuries.
”All I can do with my right arm,” the actor said, “is just sort of pinch my fingers.”
The actor, who will miss out on work while sidelined with multiple injuries, said he’s keeping his eyes on the prize moving forward, not dwelling on negativity