The guy who created the "CSI" shows is raking in $25k per episode for EACH of the three series on the air ... this according to his estranged wife who claims she can't figure out why he deserves to keep getting paid ... and even worse, she says she's been totally cut off.
Jennifer Zuiker just filed new legal docs in her divorce from Anthony Zuiker ... in which she claims Anthony hasn't given her a dime in child and spousal support since she called off the marriage last April.
According to the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Jennifer is demanding $1,000,000 to pay her lawyers and accountants while they work out a long term financial arrangement. Plus she wants a judge to sign off on an order that would force Anthony to shell out $54,282 in monthly support. After all, Jennifer claims she spends $158,827 in monthly expenses including:
-- personal living expenses ............$91,882
-- children's personal expenses ... $5,236
-- costs related to houses .............. $61,710
In an effort to convince the judge that Anthony can afford it ... Jennifer spells out his yearly income -- an estimated $1.6 MILLION ... and that's JUST from the "CSI" franchise.
Jennifer notes in the docs, "It has not been determined what, if anything, [Anthony] is doing to earn those funds."
Jennifer claims Anthony is also banking a bunch of cash from a new show he's developing for ABC called "Chameleon" ... plus, she believes he's also getting paid for various speaking engagements.
However, in the docs, Jennifer admits the kids spend 40% of the time with Anthony ... and sources connected to the couple say its actually more than that.
A hearing is set for March. Stay tuned ...
'CSI' Star to Cop:
Hey, Didn't You Bust Me??
11/5/2011 1:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
George Eads stared a cop right in the face on the set of "CSI" last month ... desperately trying to figure out why the guy looked so damn familiar ... then it hit him -- he BUSTED him two years ago!!!
Sources tell TMZ ... George was pulled over for speeding in L.A. roughly two years ago ... going faster than 80 mph. Eads got himself a ticket ... but he never forgot the face of the cop who took him down.
Fast forward to October -- when that same cop was on the set in uniform -- handling security for the show. We're told the two men approached each other ... and realized they had history.
But this story has a happy ending -- the guys both laughed it off ... but George made sure to check his speed on the way home that day.
CSI Creator's Wife
You Cancelled My Black Card!
10/23/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The estranged wife of the creator of the "CSI" shows -- who is embroiled in an epic divorce -- has learned a truism first hand ... once you go black, you can never go back.
Jennifer Zuiker claims hubby Anthony Zuiker shut down her American Express Black Card. For those of you who aren't acquainted, it's something you will never have in your lifetime.
In the divorce docs obtained by TMZ ... Jennifer claims she had been regularly charging $40,000 - $60,000 per month on the Black Card, and now she's SOL -- left with a MasterCard with a measly $25k limit. FYI, with a Black Card, there's no limit, but cardholders must spend a minimum of $250,000 a year. That's not a typo.
But Anthony says, though his lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, "Petitioner's concern is that she will no longer have a black Centurion Card to use because it is a status symbol." Priceless.
And it only gets better. Jennifer wanted Anthony to foot the $181,381 bill for the Alexander McQueen clothing bill he refused to pay for more than a year. It was the Fall, 2010 collection ... stupid.
It appears from court docs the parties have now settled this beef, but the divorce is still bitter and ongoing.
Rich people's problems. Very, very rich.
Helgenberger's Comments Are 'Kinda Lame'
5/9/2011 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber seems to be pretty SHOCKED that "CSI" star Marg Helgenberger told a radio show he was a "brat" on the set ... especially because they never actually worked together.
Bieber just went to his Twitter page and without mentioning Marg by name ... said, "it's kinda lame when someone you met briefly and never worked with comments on you. I will continue to wish them luck and be kind."
As we previously reported, Marg went on a French radio show and said JB was "kind of a brat" when he guest starred on the show earlier this year.
Bieber added, "I know who i am and sometimes people r just going 2 say what they want. Keep ur head up and be the man ur mama raised. "
Justin Bieber Was a Brat
5/8/2011 10:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber had a memorable performance on "CSI" recently -- but the only thing "CSI" star Marg Helgenberger remembers ... is that he "was kind of a brat."
Justin Bieber, "un sale gosse" chez Les Experts by Europe1fr
Helgenberger appeared on French radio show "Le Grand Direct des Médias" on Friday where she prefaced the slight with "I shouldn't be saying this, but ..." Always a good sign!
She also said the Biebs locked a producer in a closet and put his fist through a cake.
Good thing she never had to work with Charlie Sheen.
(Thanks to Gawker for the head's up on the interview)
They SHOT Me DEAD
2/18/2011 2:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
'CSI: Miami' Star to Jane Fonda
Sorry We're Related
1/13/2011 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"CSI: Miami" star Eva LaRue -- who plays Detective Natalia on the show -- wants to apologize to Jane Fonda for being her third cousin ... telling us, she's sorry she "screwed up" the Fonda gene pool.
LaRue issued a formal mea culpa in L.A. yesterday -- telling TMZ, "To Jane Fonda, sadly I'm your third cousin ... The gene pool has obviously been quite screwed up since you. I'm so sorry."
Fonda has not said if she plans to accept.
Bank to Former 'CSI' Actor: You're a Debt Man
9/24/2010 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan has a credit someone thinks he doesn't deserve -- it's plastic and is going to cost Gary $88,000.
HSBC filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court -- obtained by TMZ -- claiming Dourdan owes $88,024.95 for credit card purchases over the last four years ... plus cash advances.
According to the docs, HSBC has tried several times to get its money -- but Dourdan isn't answering those annoying robocalls.
Calls to Dourdan's reps haven't been returned.
Gary Dourdan - It Was All Just Loud Sex
4/6/2010 6:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan has cleaned up his act and a legal mess after his girlfriend got arrested last month for domestic violence.
TMZ has learned the criminal case against Dourdan's girlfriend, Maria Asis del Alamo, was dismissed today. Turns out the whole thing was a big misunderstanding.
Seems Gary and Maria were having a good time in a Venice, CA home, when a nosy neighbor mistook passion for violence. The cops came and, despite Gary's protests, they arrested Maria after noticing a scratch on Gary's neck.
Prosecutors now realize it was the sound of love, so the case has gone bye-bye.
As for Gary, he's been sober for more than a year, has a beautiful GF, is in love, and knows how to show it. Not a bad turnaround.
Crime Scene Investigation at Home of 'CSI' Star
3/17/2010 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gary Dourdan of "CSI" fame was the alleged victim of domestic violence Tuesday afternoon, and his much smaller girlfriend was cuffed and taken into custody ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Cops were called to a Venice, CA home in the early afternoon. We're told when they arrived they found Dourdan scratched up. They arrested Maria Asis del Alamo where she was taken to the station and booked on misdemeanor domestic battery.
Maria is 5'8", 110 lbs. Gary is 6'2" and his fighting weight is 190.
Maria is now free on bail.
Countdown to Bachelorettehood
12/22/2009 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For the first time in 20 years, "Crime Scene Investigation" star Marg Helgenberger will experience Valentine's Day as a single woman ... thanks to an L.A. County Judge.
TMZ obtained court documents which show Helgenberger's divorce from former Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg will become final on February 1, 2010.
Marg and Rosenberg were married back in 1989 -- they have one child together.
'CSI' Actress' WTF Moment -- What the French?!
6/17/2009 5:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
'CSI' Writer Accused of Televised Revenge Plot
5/22/2009 7:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is one of the best lawsuits we've seen in a while -- a writer for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is accused of naming some seriously perverted characters on his show after a real-life couple who allegedly screwed her in a real estate deal gone bad.
According to the suit, filed moments ago in L.A. County Superior Court, Scott and Melinda Tamkin claim "CSI" writer Sarah Goldfinger sought revenge against them by allegedly using their names and likenesses to craft a recent episode of "CSI."
Here's the rub -- the Tamkins claim their fictional counterparts "engaged in a reckless lifestyle of sexual bondage, pornography, drunkeness, marital discord, depression, financial straights and possibly even murder."
The Tamkins claim CBS acknowledged the problem and changed the names "at the eleventh hour," but because the first names matched, and the original last names had already made it to the Internet -- the damage was already done.
Now the Tamkins claim their good names have been sullied -- and are suing CBS, Goldfinger and the production company behind the show for at least $6 mil.