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Gary Dourdan

Sued by Ex-GF

Over Alleged Nose-Breaking

2/3/2012 1:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gary Dourdan
It wasn't enough for Gary Dourdan's ex-girlfriend to obtain a restraining order against him for allegedly breaking her nose -- she's now SUING the actor for assault and battery.

Nicole Cannizzaro filed the lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming Dourdan launched an unprovoked attack on her while she was shopping at a Whole Foods last November with the actor's child.

According to the lawsuit, Nicole immediately hopped a ride to Gary's apartment nearby to grab her stuff -- and Gary arrived soon after, continuing his attack ... punching her in the face and dragging her across the floor.

Nicole claims she tried to call 911, but Gary's roommate stopped her. A neighbor eventually called the police and Gary was arrested.

Gary has since been charged with felony assault and battery -- and a judge issued a restraining order against him on Nicole's behalf.

Nicole is now suing Gary for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She is seeking unspecified damages, totaling at least $25,000.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Gary claims Nicole basically kidnapped the child and took her to the market without his permission.

The lawsuit could complicate matters for prosecutors, because now Nicole has laid her cards on the table and shown she has a financial stake in the outcome -- which would make her a less than stellar witness in a criminal case.

Calls to Gary's reps have not been returned.

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nachomama    

I can't take him in a serious role ever again.

901 days ago
32.

Truth slayer    

When does the negative drama end for this man?

1st. TMZ your wrong for always posting pictures that are does not show Gary in a good way. You know your wrong for that. But if you didn't do it, you wouldn't be TMZ.
2nd. What I don't understand is, didn't he get sent to jail in Dec. of 2011 for hitting her breaking her nose? Obviously these are two different incidents.
In her protection order, this woman claimed she broke up with Gary in May of 2011. If that is so why the heck is she with him in November? Then BACK over to his place in December? Doesn't make sense. She knew this man was abusive, this wasn't the first time he's hit her, I am sure.
3rd. Why would a grown behind woman take his child without his permission. I am sure Gary laid down some rules on that from jump, being he's hated in the press here in the US, it would seem natural he wanted to protect his daughter. I find it frightening that his child witnessed this attack, not once but twice?! Maybe I shouldn't assume this is the first time she's seen her dad go hammer on a woman?! He better pray she isn't attracted to men who do the same to her! Karma is real
Lastly, in the Dec. arrest Gary has a house on Venice where this woman (who in my opinion is not too bright, cause she keeps messing with this man) got her nose broken, now in this law suit she's saying Gary lives in an apartment, with a roommate!? So which is it? Does he have a house? Or does he live in an apartment with a roommate?
With all the legal issues this man has going on, I am pretty sure money is tight but how low can he go before he stops all of this madness and gets his act together?
He's not bright and neither is this woman who kept coming back! Sad really that a man with all of this talent blew it on addictions and a real hatred of women, well white women, cause he seems to be beating on them and no other race of women.
Who would have thought with all the women that drool over this dude cause of his looks! This is what YOU would have gotten had he hooked up with YOU. Tell me ladies is he still worth it?!
This makes me wonder if that so called "It was just loud sex" thing that happened with the spanish child was real or was he really fighting her too?!
wow.. looks are not everything.

Get well Gary! Stop the freight train to HELL.

900 days ago
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