Loredana Nesci's boyfriend, who's accused of her murder, was "afraid" and "intimidated" by the late bodybuilding beauty, according to a friend of the former live-in lovers.
Todd Bernstein, a real estate broker who was in business with the late star of Sundance TV's "Loredana, Esq." and her partner Robert Reagan, painted a shocking picture of the power struggle that existed behind closed doors involving the 47-year-old Nesci and 51-year-old Reagan.
"While it's sad she's not with us any more, she was bossy, b*tchy, dangerous -- a real piece of work," Bernstein told Daily Mail, rattling off the credentials that made Nesci -- also a former LAPD officer -- no one to mess with.
"She was also a tactical fighter, she trained, she kick boxed," Bernstein said of Nesci, who was fatally stabbed by Reagan last week during a struggle over a hunting knife in the Redondo Beach, Calif. home they shared.
"Robert was intimidated by Loredana which makes this all the more surprising -- yes, they were in love, but he was afraid of her, he told me as much," he said of Reagan, whose attorney told a court that his client killed Nesci in self-defense after she charged at him with the weapon.
Bernstein said he got to know the duo when he began working with them two years ago, as the model-turned-contractor Reagan was renovating a house in Tarzana, Calif., and Nesci was handling the business end.
"She was horrible to him, but he loved her ... I did a real estate deal through Loredana and she was really short with me on the phone and aggressive," Bernstein said. "She was like, 'Are you gonna sell the f***ing house or what?' She was really gruff, really pushy."
Bernstein said that the murder suspect Reagan was "a very sweet guy" who acted as a buffer between him and his partner.
"He was always real accommodating, he helped me a lot," Bernstein said. "He said to me, 'Listen, Loredana's really smart, but you've got to talk to her a certain way' -- I quickly found out what he was talking about."
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Reagan summoned authorities to their Nelson Avenue home last week to report the violent incident, and was taken into custody after Nesci's body was found on the property. The couple had a 5-year-old son named Rocco, who thankfully wasn't present when the violent run-in occurred.
Reagan is due back in court Aug. 20 for an arraignment; he faces 26 years to life if he's convicted in Nesci's murder.