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'CSI' Star Gary Dourdan Faces Bankruptcy

Troubled actor and former CSI star Gary Dourdan has filed for bankruptcy, according to TMZ.

For 8 years, Dourdan played analyst Warrick Brown on the popular CBS series, raking in six figures per episode by the end of his run. Now, reports allege the CSI star, 45, has roughly $1.8 million in assets, but debts of $1,689,704. In comes the bankruptcy.

The August Chapter 11 filing reveals that a large chunk of Dourdan’s debt is owed to banks, including Union Bank, which holds the mortgage on his home.

Dourdan claims in court documents he earns $14,883 a month, but his bills average $14,562 a month, leaving him little disposable income.

Court documents also list Dourdan’s other assets, which include $3,000 in a bank account, $4,000 in furniture, $200 worth of books, $1,500 in clothes, $500 in watches, $200 in cash and a $7,000 2006 Dodge Charger.

Dourdan’s bankruptcy filing will protect him from creditors while he determines a path back to financial stability. The same day as the filing, Dourdan also filed an injunction to prevent the bank from placing his home up for auction. 

The bankruptcy filing is only the latest in a series of woes for Dourdan since leaving CSI in 2008 following a contract dispute. That same year, Dourdan was arrested in Palm Springs for possession of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and drug paraphernalia.

2011 brought more drug-related trouble, as Dourdan was arrested after crashing into two parked cars. This time, officers found Oxycontin, and Dourdan was hit with another possession charge. The charge was later dropped after the actor allegedly attended Narcotics Anonymous.

Later in 2011, Dourdan was also involved in a domestic dispute with former girlfriend Nicole Vail Cannizzaro, whose nose was broken during the altercation. Dourdan was charged with felony battery, and Cannizzaro was granted a restraining order against him.

Dourdan has yet to land a significant acting job since CSI. Yet, he has hopes for  “major acting roles” in the future that could pay off his debt.


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