Amid accusations of physical assault while working on the CBS
series “NCIS,” actress Pauley Perrette is the subject of a
lawsuit that her ex-husband is attempting to file that alleges
she stalked him after their split in 2004.
Perrette was named in a suit that was mistakenly filed in Los
Angeles Superior Court and was obtained by Fox News. In it, her
ex-spouse, Canadian actor and musician Francis “Coyote” Shivers,
claims the 49-year-old Perrette previously tried to ruin his
reputation and went as far as to break into his home through a
window to attack his “female companion.”
However, in 2008 Shivers was named a vexatious litigant by the
state of California, a term typically applied to those who abuse
the legal system with multiple meritless lawsuits aimed at
harassing or subduing a singular target -- in this case
Perrette. Shivers' recent suit went through by mistake, and is
now being stayed by the court until a judge can further review
In the past, similar suits made by Shivers have been rejected by
the court due to his standing as a vexatious litigant.
Details of the alleged window incident are scarce, but the
wrongly-filed court papers claim that Perrette crawled through
Shivers' window and immediately attacked his female guest while
hurling obscenities. She allegedly made extortionate threats to
stalk Shivers and defame him as a stalker if he went through
with the divorce filing rather than get back together with her.
Shivers claims in the suit that he didn’t give in to her alleged
threats and filed for divorce, prompting the former “NCIS” star
to continue to stalk and defame him. She allegedly sent
handwritten death threats and malicious and harassing emails to
dozens of his associates in the Hollywood United Neighborhood
Council where he’d just been elected in 2016.
“Pauley Perrette is the ultimate ANTI-MeToo,” Shivers told Fox
News. “A serial false accuser, whose own handwriting illustrates
her obsession with using false accusations as weapons.”
Representatives for Perrette did not immediately respond to Fox
News’ request for comment. However, court documents reveal she
obtained a restraining order against him during their divorce
proceedings. Meanwhile, Shiver failed to obtain a similar
Shivers' wife of many years, Mayra Dias Gomes Shivers, posted a
lengthy note on Facebook about the recent scandal in which she,
too, accused Perrette of using false accusations as weapons.
“Although she has done so much to hurt others while successfully
portraying herself as the absolute opposite to the media and her
fans, all I wish is for her to seek proper mental health
treatment and to stop victimizing innocent people in order to be
recognized as a victim herself, or better, as a hero,” she wrote.
It's again worth noting that these accusations have not been
officially filed by the state of California in a lawsuit.
Both Shivers and his wife pointed to rumors stemming from a
report on Radar Online that suggest Perrette had a feud with her
“NCIS” co-star Mark Harmon as something that speaks to her
accusations of physical assault.
However, there’s no evidence to suggest the two things are
related at this time.
This isn’t the first time the duo have gone to court over issues
of stalking. Following the divorce filing, Perrette allegedly
accused Shivers of stalking her and violating a permanent
restraining order. At an incident at a restaurant, Shivers
allegedly violated that restraining order, leading to a brief
incarceration. The duo ended up in court, with each lobbing
stalking accusations at the other, a standoff that ended in a
contentious divorce proceeding. As previously reported, it came
to light that Shivers' wife before Perrette, Bebe Buell, mother
of actress Liv Tyler, had similar complaints of stalking and
abuse with regard to Shivers, calling his credibility with this
latest attempted filing into question.
Since that time, Perrette has been an outspoken advocate of
stalking-law reform in the United States. She recently appeared
on a “48 Hours” special to discuss her experience with stalking
and her views on the outdated laws that are meant to protect
citizens. She stopped short, however, of naming Shivers directly.
The latest news comes just one day after CBS released a
statement on accusations that Perrette made on social media
hinting that she'd left her role on “NCIS” due to an incident of
physical abuse. The network revealed that it handled an incident
over a year ago with the actress, and she thanked CBS for its
response in a follow-up post on Twitter.
Since then, she has yet to elaborate on the nature of her claims
of physical assault.