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Crime Doesn't Pay for 'CSI' Star Gary Dourdan

As investigator Warrick Brown on CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” actor Gary Dourdan brought criminals to justice every week. However, in real life, Dourdan has been on the wrong side of the law on more than one occasion.

Those brushes with the law have cost the actor a lot. Back in August, Dourdan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, claiming a whopping $1.73 million in debt, according to TMZ.

Most of that debt is owed to a number of banks, including Union Bank, which holds a mortgage on Dourdan’s home. The actor also claimed about $1.8 million in assets, including a 2006 Dodge Charger, $3,000 in a bank accounts, $1,500 in clothes, and $4,000 in furniture.

Rather than completely liquidate his assets with a Chapter 7, Dourdan filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While Chapter 11 was originally intended for businesses, certain individuals are now eligible as well.

Chapter 11 is generally used by individuals who have substantial person earning potential but whose debts exceed the limits set by a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 7, on the other hand, is the most common form of bankruptcy for “normal” people. In a Chapter 7, the debtor’s property is sold off and the proceeds paid to his creditors.

The debtor in a Chapter 11 creates a plan detailing how he intends to restructure his investments and repay his debts. According to his filing, Dourdan “anticipates major acting roles” in the future and hopes to pay off his debts that way.

Dourdan is best known for playing chemist Warrick Brown on “CSI” for nine seasons before the character was killed off. So where did all that primetime money go? A good amount of it probably went to child support. Dourdan has two children by two different mothers. Both of the relationships have ended.

The actor has probably also spent a fortune on legal fees. Dourdan was arrested in Palm Springs back in 2009 after officers reportedly found heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription drugs in his possession. He later pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of cocaine, Access Hollywood reports.

Dourdan was arrested on drugs charges again in 2011 after he allegedly crashed into two parked cars. However, those charges were later dropped. Finally, the actor was arrested in November of last year, following a domestic dispute with then-girlfriend Nicole Vail Canizzaro in which Canizzaro’s nose was broken. Dourdan was charged with felony battery.

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