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'CSI' Star Jon Wellner Divorce

My Wife Should Quit Acting

And Get A REAL Job

3/31/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jon Wellner Divorce

"CSI" star Jon Wellner has called it quits on his marriage after 7 years, and says it's time his wife gave up on her acting, got off her ass and started working.

According to the divorce docs ... Jon says his wife, Whitney Wellner, hasn't made it as an actress and probably never will ... he's asking the courts to force her into pulling down a full-time job.

Whitney lists her credits like "Save the Last Dance" -- released in 2001. She also got a guest gig on "CSI" last year, but he insinuates it was a case of nepotism.

Whitney fires back in her legal docs, saying he obviously thought she was good enough to appear on his show.

She's presumably gunning for spousal support, and it's gonna be hard for her to live without it. While she says he makes $20k an episode, she pulls in $12 a month in residuals.

Who knew they were still playing "Save the Last Dance"?

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Gary Dourdan's Ex GF

Just 'Cause You're Broke ...

You Still Owe For Busting My Nose

3/23/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0320-gary-dourdan-tmz-03Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan's ex chick doesn't give a crap he's broke as a joke -- she still wants her blood money ... as in the cash he owes her for allegedly breaking her nose.

According to docs ... Nicole Cannizzaro wants to make sure Dourdan's recent bankruptcy filing -- his second, by the way -- doesn't affect her settlement with the actor for an alleged domestic violence incident in 2012.

Cannizzaro says Gary owes her two payments of $10k, plus $2500 per month for the next 3 years and 3 months -- and she's trying to make sure she still gets paid.

She's asking the bankruptcy judge to make sure the debt doesn't get wiped away with the rest of Dourdan's bills.

'CSI' Creator's Divorce

She Gets Half the Empire

9/4/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0904_Anthony-jennifer_Zuiker_gettyThe CSI empire is getting split right down the middle -- creator Anthony Zuiker's divorce is finally settled and his wife is walking away with half the massive TV fortune ... TMZ has learned.

Jennifer Zuiker filed for divorce back in 2011, but they just hammered out the details. Bottom line -- she gets HALF of any money Anthony earns from the 3 'CSI' TV shows he's created. She also gets a cut of  "CSI: Cyber" ... which doesn't debut until next year.
 
Anything Anthony creates going forward though -- like say, CSI: Milwaukee or Billings -- would be all his. Additionally, she will have no creative control over the productions.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jennifer will get ZERO spousal support -- because although she says her monthly standard of living is $171,878 ... both parties agreed she'll be just fine with half of the CSI paychecks. The franchise makes THAT much bread.  For reference ... the CSI shows have reportedly generated more than $6 BILLION.

They have 3 kids ... and Anthony will pay $10,000 a month in child support.

Jennifer put her foot down on a couple other things. She's keeping 100% of her clothing and accessories purchased from Alexander McQueen. Guess the items weren't Anthony's size. She also gets back a $26,282 deposit for a vacation on Richard Branson's private Necker Island.

Case closed. Cue The Who.

Michael Jace

Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

In Wife's Death

6/18/2014 9:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jace Pleads Not Guilty
Michael Jace just pled not guilty to murder ... in the shooting death of his wife, April.

Jace was arrested May 19 after he called 911 to report he had shot and killed his wife in their L.A. home. Their two young sons were home at the time.

Authorities haven't discussed motive ... but, as we previously reported,  the couple had been fighting over money problems.

He's currently being held on $2 million bail ... and faces 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.

Michael Jace Father in Law 911 Call

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Gary Dourdan

Court No-Show Equals

Arrest Warrant

6/13/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Gary Dourdan WarrantFormer "CSI" star Gary Dourdan blew off a court appearance this week and it could cost him big time ... TMZ has learned the judge revoked his probation and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

As TMZ first reported, Dourdan was sentenced in November 2012 to five years probation after allegedly breaking his ex-girlfriend's nose in a domestic violence incident back in 2011. 

Dourdan had a progress hearing for that case this week ... but didn't show ... so the judge acted swiftly and yanked his probation.

Siri can set reminders ... just saying.

Michael Jace

Dead Wife's Family Seeks Money

We Need Help to Bury April

5/23/2014 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The family of Michael Jace's dead wife April say they can't afford her funeral, and the future cost of caring for her kids -- and they're turning to the public for help ... TMZ has learned.  

April's family set up a GoFundMe account on Thursday ... with a message thanking the public: "Many of you have generously asked how you can help the family as we grieve and navigate the aftermath of this tragedy."

They've received nearly $13K from 187 people already. We're told they're trying to raise at least $20K -- for funeral expenses and to care for April's sons ... ages 5, 8 and 18.

Jace was charged Thursday with April's murder.

Michael Jace

Charged with Murder

5/22/2014 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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has just been charged with murder after cops say he shot and killed his wife Monday night.

51-year-old Jace -- who starred in "The Shield" -- now faces 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.

As we reported, Jace himself called 911 after the shooting inside his L.A. home, telling police he was the one who pulled the trigger. Jace's wife April was already dead by the time police arrived.

Jace's two young sons were at home at the time of the alleged murder. According to police, the boys are now living with relatives.

Jace is currently being held on $2 million bail. He's scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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Michael Jace

Our Son Was Terrified Of Him

... Says Ex-Wife

5/20/2014 1:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jace was a horrible father who made his son cower in fear … lording over him with an “intimidation style of discipline” … this according to the boy's mother and Jace's first wife.

In court docs filed in 2005 and obtained by TMZ ... Jennifer Bitterman claims Jace often threatened the boy with corporal punishment … and would spank him for crying or for being afraid.

It’s heartbreaking … Bitterman says Jordan would cry and beg not to go when he had to spend time with his father.  She says she encouraged Jordan to be brave … and she would “reassure him that [Jace] loves him and that he is safe with him.”

As we've reported ... Jordan and another child watched the violence unfold Monday night in their home ... when Jace shot and killed his wife, April.

Michael Jace

Dead Wife Testified Jace Was Great Dad

5/20/2014 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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5020-michael-april-jace-with-swipe-tmz-02Michael Jace's dead wife April DEFENDED her husband in his divorce from his ex-wife ... an ex-wife he allegedly brutally and repeatedly beat.

April Jace -- who was killed by a gunshot at the hands of Michael -- got involved in Michael's messy divorce to his previous wife and defended him to the hilt ... even though there were claims of brutality.

April told the divorce judge that Michael provided a stable home for his child, though she never addressed the claims he choked and hit Jennifer Bitterman and slammed her against the wall in front of their screaming son.

In fact April actually attacked Jennifer by calling her a bad mom.

The most bone-chilling thing .... April talked about Michael's son with Jennifer, saying, "Usually at bedtime, he [Jordan, the child] prays for his mom and asks God to protect her while he's not there with her."

And this is interesting  ... April had a degree in Early Childhood/Adolescence development.

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Michael Jace

Extreme Physical Violence

Against Ex-Wife

5/20/2014 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jace Domestic Violence

Michael Jace was a violent, abusive husband who choked his wife in front of their kid ... this according to legal docs from his prior divorce.

Jace -- who was booked Tuesday morning for allegedly murdering his wife April -- went through a divorce in 1997.  In the docs -- obtained by TMZ -- a friend of Jennifer Bitterman claims she personally witnessed Jace choking and slamming Jennifer against a wall ... as his 6-month-old son screamed in his crib next to them.

The friend says he was raging and out of control and "seeing the extent of his anger was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen."

The friend continues ... there were multiple physical assaults on the ex-wife.


Michael Jace

Arguing with Wife Over Money

Before Shooting

5/20/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jace
and his wife were locked in an angry argument over money before he allegedly murdered her ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

We're told  "The Shield" star was facing serious money problems and it became a source of family conflict.

There's certainly evidence showing there was great financial stress.  TMZ has learned Jace filed for bankruptcy in March 2011.  He filed for Chapter 13, allowing him to restructure and reduce his mortgage payments.

Jace owed $411K on his South L.A. home where he shot his wife.  Jace stopped paying his mortgage and was on the brink of a foreclosure sale ... according to documents obtained by TMZ. 

Jace's bankruptcy settlement allowed him to drastically lower his monthly payments, but he went delinquent again late last year.

As TMZ first reported Jace called 911 last night and said he shot his wife in the face, allegedly while his 2 children watched.

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'The Shield' Star

Called Cops ...

'I Shot My Wife'

5/20/2014 1:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar3:51 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Jace's 2 kids witnessed him allegedly shooting and killing their mom.  The kids -- both under 10 -- were extremely upset and taken to the police station.  We're told cops are angry it took Children's Services 4 hours to get to the station and take the kids to the home of a family member where they could be comforted.

Jace is being booked for murder.
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Actor Michael Jace called police himself to report his wife had been shot, and he had pulled the trigger Monday night in Los Angeles ... TMZ has learned.

According to law enforcement sources Jace called 911 around 8:30 PM PT and told police ... "I shot my wife."

We're told Jace's neighbors in the Hyde Park area of L.A. had reported shots fired in the home ... and shortly thereafter Jace made his call to 911.

Sources tell us the actor stayed on the phone, as instructed, until LAPD arrived and found his 40-year-old wife, April Jace dead.

We're told Jace was home alone when his wife arrived with their kids ... a short time later he allegedly shot her.

Jace -- best known as Detective Lowe from "The Shield" -- was taken into custody, and as of 1:00 AM PT Tuesday ... was being questioned, but had not been booked for his wife's death.

Story developing ...

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'CSI' Star

Car Destroyed

After Bus Stop Crash

4/14/2014 3:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jose Zuniga Car AccidentFormer "CSI" star Jose Zuniga's white SUV is in pieces -- after his car crashed through a bus stop in Hollywood moments ago.

Zuniga -- who has also appeared in pretty much every other TV show you've ever seen -- tells us, he was rear-ended ... and the other car sent him careening through a nearby bus stop. He landed in a construction area. We're told a third car was also involved, but damage to the other cars wasn't as bad.

Thankfully, we're told no one was injured. The fire department responded to the scene shortly afterward.

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