June 11th, 2012 by edsel
After “waiting a long time,” ex-’CSI’ cast member Gary Dourdan may finally be close to ending his ongoing felony battery case.
E! News reported that the 45-year-old actor and his attorney John Markham returned to a Los Angeles courtroom this morning. Attorney Markham told Judge James Dabney that there was “a heavy potential for disposition.” According to Dourdan’s lawyer, he and the district attorney’s office have already discussed potential settlement offers.
Gary Dourdan was arrested last November on felony battery charges. His ex-girlfriend, Nicole Vail Cannizzaro, claimed that she and the former ‘CSI’ star had a fight at Dourdan’s house in Venice, California.
According to Cannizzaro, Dourdan reportedly punched her in the face. Nicole Vail Cannizzaro claimed to have suffered a broken nose.
Gary Dourdan declared that he was innocent of the felony battery charges filed by his former girlfriend. His lawyer, John Markham, has been pursuing a potential trial to prove his client’s innocence.
On Thursday’s hearing, prosecutors told Judge James Dabney that they offered “probation with a program” to the legal team of Gary Dourdan. The prosecutors also said that Attorney Markham had not yet informed them about Dourdan’s choice of programs. Judge Dabney reminded the parties involved that they needed to reach a deal soon.
Gary Dourdan is currently dealing with an overseas workload. The former ‘CSI’ member would only have 18 months to finish any probationary program he chose to accept.
In an exclusive interview with E! News back in April, Dourdan said that ”I have been waiting a long time and I haven’t had a voice… It has been rough,” said the actor. “I did not do this,” he asserted.
There will be a new status hearing on June 25 regarding the possible settlement of the felony battery case of Gary Dourdan.
April 17th, 2012 by faye
Former “CSI” star Gary Dourdan denies the allegations that he assaulted his then-girlfriend – and he is looking forward to clearing his name soon.
According to reports, 45-year-old Dourdan awaits the trial date for the case of his former girlfriend, Nicole Vail Cannizzaro. Gary Dourdan was arrested back in November 2011 for felony battery charges after his ex-girlfriend claimed the actor punched her in the face and broke her nose during an altercation.
Appearing in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday morning, Gary Dourdan and his attorney are pleased to know that the case will go before a jury to prove his innocence of the alleged assault of Nicole Vail Cannizzaro. A pretrial conference was scheduled for May 21 with a jury trial date scheduled for June 1.
“I have been waiting a long time and I haven’t had a voice,” Dourdan said. “It has been rough, but [the public needs to get] all the right stuff. I did not do this.”
“We look forward to explaining what happened in front of a jury,” John Markham, attorney of Gary Dourdan and a former federal prosecutor said. “All the relevant evidence is there and the jury will see it for what it is, a false claim.”
Dourdan said that the current situation has been “very difficult for my son,” who was front and center for most of the incident.
According to Gary Dourdan’s side of the story of the alleged November incident, he noticed that his son, whom he has custody of on the weekends, was missing from his Venice home around 8 p.m. Dourdan claims that Nicole Vail Cannizzaro, who he claims he broke up with a month or so before, had brought his son from the house to a nearby Whole Foods. Gary Dourdan alleges he “panicked” and went out searching for him.
Once he found his son, the actor says he put his son into a cab and when Nicole Vail Cannizzaro tried to get in the cab as well, Gary Dourdan pushed her away. He then claims that Cannizzaro went back to his house and broke in through his garage and was throwing power tools around.
After the incident, Markham says Nicole Vail Cannizzaro went to a personal injury lawyer and “we think that says a lot.”
Judge James Dabney told attorney Markham in court that he would like to know if settlement talk is included in the option, but Markham says he isn’t looking to settle.
“In most cases you would be stupid if you did not settle, but this one is different,” says Markham, adding that Dourdan’s reputation is at stake and showcasing his innocence to a jury is one way of proving that. The truth doesn’t have a half-life.” insists Markham.
March 14th, 2012 by faye
Gary Dourdan, best known for his role as Warrick Brown in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” claims that the Union Bank, which holds his mortgage is violating his legal rights and demonstrating merciless apathy towards people caught up in the recession. Now, Dourdan says he is ready to prove it to a judge.
Gary Dourdan just filed a lawsuit against Union Bank, in which he confesses he is one of the victims of the economic decline that slammed the entertainment industry. Dourdan took out a $922,000 mortgage back in 2004 which requires him to pay $5,000 a month.
All was going excellent until Gary Dourdan was removed from his acting gig in 2010. The 45-year-old actor could not meet his monthly nut so he contacted Union Bank and asked for mortgage assistance, which he claims was required to give him under California law.
Gary claims that Union Bank told him to pound sand for an entire year, when they finally offered him help, but Gary Dourdan says the bank didn’t honor the new terms and now foreclosure proceedings are underway. Now, the actor wants the court to stop the foreclosure and damages to boot.