Former CSI Star Gary Dourdan Pleads No Contest in Domestic Violence Case

Actor was sentenced to five years formal probation after allegedly roughing up his ex-girlfriend last year

By Brandi Fowler Nov 29, 2012 11:50 PMTags
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Gary Dourdan will avoid jail time after facing felony battery charges stemming from an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend back in November 2011.

The former CSI star pleaded no contest to one count of felony Corporal Injury to a Cohabitant of Former Cohabitant and was sentenced to five years formal probation instead. 

But that didn't mean the thesp was entirely in the clear.

Dourdan was also ordered to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and is not allowed to have contact with his ex, Nicole Vail Cannizzaro, while on probation.

The embattled actor, who has had his share of issues with drugs, must also complete substance abuse counseling as directed by the probation department.

Dourdan was busted last year on felony battery charges after Cannizzaro claimed Dourdan punched her in the face and broke her nose during an altercation at his home.

"I have been waiting a long time and I haven't had a voice," Dourdan exclusively told E! News in April. "It has been rough, but [the public needs to get] all the right stuff. I did not do this." 

—Reporting by Baker Machado