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Pauley Perrette Claimed Ex Husband Coyote 'Used Family Court to Harass Women'

Jaimie-lee Prince
May 23, 2019
07:58 P.M.

Though she's left the "NCIS" family over a year ago now, Pauley Perrette is still one of the most beloved actresses on the small screen, but based on the actress' claims, it might be that there was someone who loved her too much.


Perrette's ex-husband Francis "Coyote" Shivers allegedly committed a series of horrendous acts against Perrette during and after the pair's marriage.

Even into 2018, the two have been embroiled in legal battles, with both sides claiming the other stalked them. The shocking story began in the early days of Perrette's "NCIS" stint.

Pauley Perrette, actress | Photo: Getty Images

Pauley Perrette, actress | Photo: Getty Images

Perrette, 50, and Shivers, 53, got married in 2000. Fox News reported that their marriage allegedly involved sexual abuse from Shivers, and they divorced merely four years later.

When she finally left, Perrette claimed she discovered that it wasn't Shivers' first twisted rodeo. His ex-wife Bebe Buell was also a victim, claiming similar abuse against Shivers. She and Perrette also alleged false police reports and made up complaints were made by Shivers.


While they were together, the musician managed to land work on "NCIS" as a music producer, but he was fired after Perrette filed a restraining order against him.

Pauley Perrette, actress | Photo: Getty Images

Pauley Perrette, actress | Photo: Getty Images

Perrette claimed that he used family court to harass women due to its leniency in claim falsifications. She tried to keep her personal life on a low profile until another victim came forward.

Angela Garber was reportedly another ex-girlfriend of Shivers who had allegedly endured even worse forms of abuse. She claimed she was sexually abused, beaten up, and locked in vehicle trunks.

When Garber reached out to Buell, she was put on to Perrette, and the three women rallied together against Shivers, but to little avail. The legal systems in place largely failed them.

Pauley Perrette, actress | Photo: Getty Images

Pauley Perrette, actress | Photo: Getty Images

As for Shivers, he denied all the claims, insisting that the trio plotted against him and that they are the ones who have been stalking him. Meanwhile, he only filed a restraining order against Buell when they were already miles apart. He didn't file any against Perrette or Garber.

According to the Daily Mail, Shivers and Perrette attended a hearing in 2014, both with their respective partners at the time. During the three-hour long hearing, accusations of stalking were thrown back and forth between the pair.

Held at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Shivers pointed to one incident in which Perrette allegedly showed up at a restaurant where he sat. Her presence compelled Shivers to leave due to the annually-renewed restraining order. He described the order as a "weapon" that Perrette uses.

Pauley Perrette and Thomas Arklie | Photo: Getty Images

Pauley Perrette and Thomas Arklie | Photo: Getty Images

On the other hand, Perrette claimed there was a restaurant confrontation between her and her ex-husband in 2012 whereby Shivers taunted her while taping it on his phone. Shivers' side of the story was that Perrette's boyfriend Thomas Arklie verbally assaulted him.

Shivers' new wife was Mayra Dias Gomes. At the time, both parties and their legal teams presented documentation from social media showing that the other side stalked them.

In 2018, just after her departure from "NCIS," Shivers reignited the court battles by filing a suit against Perrette claiming she had attempted to destroy his reputation and that she entered his home and harmed his girlfriend.

Pauley Perrette and Thomas Arklie | Photo: Getty Images

Pauley Perrette and Thomas Arklie | Photo: Getty Images


Due to excessive false claims in the past, however, Shivers is listed as a vexatious litigant in California, and the new suit fell through. In fact, it was considered a mistake that it went through the same Los Angeles Superior Court that the two appeared in years ago. It awaited a review by the judge.

Gomes remained at her husband's side throughout the fight. She denounced Perrette as someone making false accusations and reportedly addressed the situation in a now-deleted Facebook post.

As for Perrette, she is continuing her career after leaving "NCIS" in May last year. A new CBS series called "Broke" will star the former forensic scientist actress. It is set to premiere in Fall 2019.

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