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Fort Lauderdale Man In Jail After Allegedly Beating Up Wife In Court

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) - A Fort Lauderdale man was handcuffed and taken away from his divorce hearing by BSO deputies after allegedly assaulting his soon-to-be-ex-wife in judge's chambers Friday.

Ex-Marine Paul Henry Gonzalez, Jr., 28, and his estranged wife Catherine Ann Scott-Gonzalez, 23, were before Judge Ronald J. Rothschild discussing their final divorce hearing when Gonzalez said he was going to leave chambers and the Judge could do "whatever", according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

After leaving, Gonzalez reportedly returned to the room and before turning to leave again, he lunged at his wife and beat her with closed fists numerous times. This scene all went down in front of Rothschild, his clerk Elana Mae Allen and Scott-Gonzalez's attorney Michael J. Dunleavy.

The attack sent Scott-Gonzalez, also a former Marine, to Holy Cross Hospital with serious injuries including a torn lip, broken nose and facial bones, and swelling to her head.

When BSO deputies arrived, Dunleavy was restraining Gonzalez. Gonzalez reportedly refused to be handcuffed, and deputies were forced to Taser him twice.

Gonzalez was taken into custody and charged with felony battery, domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence.

Before being taken to Broward's Main Jail, he was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Source:  South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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