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Popular US TV news presenter found stabbed

A US TV news presenter who played a right-wing media commentator in Oliver Stone’s George Bush biopic W was in critical condition yesterday after being stabbed and beaten at her home.

Anne Pressly’s personality made her a hit with television viewers and police are investigating whether her celebrity made her a target.

The popular anchorwoman was in critical, but stable, condition yesterday after a severe beating in her home. Police are not sure if she was the random victim of a burglary or a target because of her high-profile job.

“[It] is possible that it is something other than robbery,” police spokeswoman Cassandra Davis said.

“Our detectives are talking with co-workers because she was a public figure, because she was on the news, in the media.”

Pressly, 26, was found a half-hour before she was due on the set of Daybreak. Her mother discovered the anchorwoman battered and bloodied after she didn’t answer a wake-up call.

Pressly was in her bed, unresponsive and bleeding from her head. Davis described the injuries as “severe wounds” and said Pressly had been stabbed.

KATV, citing investigators, said her injuries were from blunt-force trauma to the head and upper body.

Pressly’s purse was missing, and police said she may have been beaten during a robbery, though there was no sign of forced entry into her home.

Pressly won a small role in the new Oliver Stone movie as a conservative commentator who speaks favourably of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” event on an aircraft carrier shortly after the start of the Iraq war.


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