Tori Spelling said “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star Luke Perry had a protective side and showed it big-time when he threw down with Spelling’s verbally abusive boyfriend at the time.

Spelling said on Monday’s “Whine Down with Jana Kramer” podcastAt the time, she was just 19 and didn’t know that their relationship had been difficult on her. Perry “hated” the boyfriend, according to Spelling.

“At my parents’ Christmas Eve party one year, (Luke) was there and he just like saw this ex-boyfriend, and they got into it and he tried to punch him,” Spelling said. “Jason Priestley had to pull him off — it was one of those epic stories, you’re like ‘Whoa, looking back, like that’s crazy.’”

The dustup ruptured Perry and Spelling’s friendship. They didn’t talk for a while, but still worked together daily, she remembered. Her boyfriend complained about Perry’s behavior and she recalled resenting her castmate for the clash.

Spelling stated that Perry tried to protect her, and she was finally able to see the truth. They reconciled.

“I was mad at him instead of realizing in hindsight it was like this guy loved me and he was like, ‘I don’t care. I’m gonna go to bat for her,’” she said. “He was a great friend.”

Perry was Dylan’s character in the 1990s teenage drama. died at 52 after a strokeIn March 2019. Spelling, who played Donna, appeared in the “BH90210” series in 2019 as a fictionalized version of herself.

Spelling (48) has been featured in tabloids recently reports suggestingDean McDermott, her husband, is headed to legal trouble.

Luke Perry and Tori Spelling, in an undated photograph
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