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Brooke Shields claims ex-husband Andre Agassi smashed tennis trophies in rage over her finger-licking ‘Friends’ cameo

Brooke Shields says her ex-husband Andre Agassi smashed all his tennis trophies in a drug-fuelled fit of jealous rage after watching her film her finger-licking role in “Friends”.

The “Blue Lagoon” actress, 57, played Erika in the sitcom who stalked Matt Le Blanc’s character Joey Tribbiani in a 1996 episode that included a scene of her licking the actor’s hand at a restaurant.

She told the New Yorker about how Agassi, 52, who she married a year after her appearance on the show was aired, “co-opted” her cameo: “Andre was in the audience supporting me, and he stormed out.

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“He said, ‘Everybody’s making fun of me. You made a fool of me by that behaviour.’

“I’m, like, ‘It’s comedy! What is the matter with you?’”

Shields said his fury didn’t stop by storming out and said he also went home and “smashed all his trophies” in anger, which she branded drug-induced “irrational behaviour”.

Agassi admitted in his autobiography to taking crystal meth, which Shields claimed she later heard he was on, during the rage incident.

She and the former world tennis number one ended up getting divorced in 1999 due to the athlete’s battle with addiction.

Shields also said “Friends” producers initially didn’t want her to do her “crazy” stalker cackle during her episode – or “the licking of his fingers” to show how much she was fixated on Joey.

But after being talked into it, they decided to put both in the show, leading Shields – who now has daughters Rowan, 19, and Grier, 16, with her 59-year-old husband of 22 years Chris Henchy – to be offered her sitcom “Suddenly Susan”.

She said: “All of a sudden, the energy changed, and all these men in suits started coming into the studio.

“The next day, I was asked if I wanted to do my own television show.”

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