Celebrity News April 09, 2009
'CSI's' Caruso in Lawsuit Drama
A shocking lawsuit was filed Thursday by the ex-girlfriend of "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso. Liza Marquez filed a multi-count suit against the actor which includes breach of contract, fraud, and intentional infliction of emotional distress (domestic abuse).
The court papers state Caruso broke up with Marquez by serving her "with a paternity action as she was arriving from the hospital to her house after giving birth to their second and last child."
Marquez claims Caruso "engaged in an ongoing strategy of intimidation, isolation and control over [Marquez] "with the goal of asserting and maintaining power and control" In one instance, Marquez claims Caruso proceeded "to berate and emotionally abuse her causing [her] to retreat to the bathroom and vomit." Marquez also states Caruso became jealous when she spoke to her cousin on the phone and even "accused her of being unfaithful to him" with her own family member.
The papers also state Caruso had multiple emotional outbursts that would last hours. Many would be followed by him apologizing and giving Marquez a gift, one of which was "a note on Cartier stationary that read, 'Truly, Madly, Deeply, FOREVER' to prove his commitment to her." In 2005, Caruso "frequently had abusive emotional outbursts because [their] newborn baby cried, but "would then do a 180 degree turn and publicly express his love for" Marquez. The suit alleges that the actor would also isolate himself from Marquez for prolonged periods of time and watch "Seinfeld" reruns in seclusion.
On Friday, the following statement was released by Caruso's camp:
"Last month David became concerned about the welfare of his children and sought court assistance to redefine David's and Liza's custodial schedules. It now appears that Liza has decided to retaliate by raising false claims against David, which David finds unfortunate since these claims will divert the parties' and the court's attention away from the best interests of the children."