Mark Salling’s Ex-Girlfriend Sues Estate Over Unpaid $2.7 Million Settlement
Mark Salling committed suicide in the early morning hours of January 30 several months after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Because he passed away a month before his sentencing, however, the entire case ended up being dismissed. But while his death got him off the hook for his disgusting actions, his ex-girlfriend won’t go down without a fight.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Roxanne Gorzela is suing the 35-year-old’s estate for $2.7 million dollars, which he owed her as a result of a lawsuit settlement that was reached in March 2015. Back in 2011, the woman accused the Glee alum of forcing her to have unprotected sex with him. She claims she went to his house to talk about this and when she arrived she found him in bed with another woman. She demanded he take an STD test, which he refused, and he subsequently pushed her to the floor and caused her to hit her head.
Two years later, she sued him for assault, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. Mark’s rep denied her allegations, but she ended up winning the settlement and he was ordered to pay her $2,710,155.28.
This judgment was entered on March 23, 2015, but Roxanne says he never gave her the cash.
Just over a month ago The Blast obtained a legal document in which United States District Judge Otis D. Wright signed off on the United States Attorney’s request for dismissal of the child porn case. The doc stated:
“For good cause shown, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: The government’s motion to dismiss the indictment pursuant to Rule 48 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure is GRANTED. The indictment in the above referenced case is dismissed without prejudice.”
“While the government has not reviewed official documentation, it has been reliably informed and believes that defendant Salling is deceased,” a footnote in the motion stated, meaning that his death is what allowed the charges to be dropped.
Because the judge dismissed the case “without prejudice,” it is still possible for the U.S. Attorney to file it again in the future. Mark was originally ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to each victim, which now they will not receive.