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

Comments (21)
  1. Carol says:

    This man has to remain in jail and she needs to be protected because when he gets out he will finish the job and that is a fact.

  2. bongo enrica says:

    A real he man Marine, got his butt wipped by a MAN so he had to pick on a momen, a real scum bag. Fellow Marines if you seee this guy tune him up.good

  3. James Pratts says:

    im not saying what he did was right….but i can understand

    1. Ed-words says:

      You can understand what? Do you abuse women, too?

  4. ed-words says:

    This is disgusting! 10 years in jail. No parole!

    How dare he pull this cr– in a courtroom.

  5. Ed-words says:

    Oh, those poor, misunderstood men. You’re making us cry.

    Now we know. It’s the women’s fault.They do all the cheating.

    They’re the ones who kill their whole family before taking their own lives.

    That explains everything.

  6. CQHP says:

    You never should hit a woman. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Just Sayin says:

    This man is actually a loving caring person!! He wants the one thing that means the world to him and thats he’s kids! What he did was absolutely wrong and no women deserves what happened! But before anyone states their opinion know the facts!! This is only part of the whole story!!!! I personally know this amazing man who had finally reached his breaking point and he did cross the line but that doesn’t make him a monster!!!

    1. ed-words says:

      Yes, it does, and a coward!

    2. Mitzy K. says:

      Did you see the picture of the wife after he beat her? A good, loving, caring person doesn’t do that! Your comment is BS big time and the guy deserves to go to jail and stay there a long time with no parole! Ah, and I wish somebody beats his azz in jail, so he feels what this poor woman felt.

    3. Dani Martin says:

      If he can hit a woman like that and has the GALL to do it in front of the law then he’s capable of doing a lot WORSE to his kids. He should NOT be allowed to see them unsupervised. PERIOD!

  8. KARMA says:

    @just sayin…..let me tell you something about this “amazing man”, and this is coming from a family member of the victim…. KARMA is a crazy thing, don’t be surprised if one day this “amazing man” gets hit in the back of the head with a baseball bat….ps there is no “part of the whole story”…he did what he did and he is what he is…..a garbage pale who will one day get whats coming to him (because of KARMA of course)

  9. squishy says:

    @ karma, you took the words out of my mouth! As this scumbag’s former.roommate and the victims best friend, let me tell hou that he is not fit to be called a marine, let alone a man. When I see him again, I will be right alongside karma (forgive my misspellingsthis phone sucks and im heated!)

  10. EX DM Victim says:

    Just sayin sounds ridiculous! This “AMAZING MAN” not only closed fist hit a woman, but he had the nerves to do it in court. Are you saying he’s amazing because he did a criminal act in court? WOW! The FACT is this idiot broke the law in court. I guess that’s how he shows “he’s” kids that they mean the world to him. smh

  11. combat brat says:

    How absurd for those of you to say this man was “amazing” or “you can understand”. What is so understandably amazing was the level of his stupidity.
    What happens when the kids he loves so much push him? Because kids, of all the people on earth, will most assuredly push you to your limits.
    I’ll bet 5 minutes before this “amazing man” beat his wife, you would have said “he would never hit a woman”.
    The thing is, and what he has made such a fine example of, he uses his fists to relieve himself of anger. Then you want to blame the victim. No wonder you are friends with him……just sayin….

  12. lorrainesgr says:

    don’t know the real story but some man have been pushed to the limit wen it comes to see their kids and some go crazy wen their wife tell them I will take you to the cleaners he is a marine and who knows why he is divorcing her …………. He wants the one thing that means the world to him and thats is his kids! What he did was wrong and no women deserves what happened but who knows what made him pushed to do that to her maybe she pushed a button that set him off ……… not all the women are telling all the true wen it comes to be in a divorce …….. this case she knows and he knows what happen and what was said inside the room ……… but were ever did happen he is paying a mistake on resulting to a domestic dispute of violence, very sad he is a marine and I know some marine come back with stress or other mental illness and some can’t find them selves even wen the war has pass already for them they are still lost some were and some anything that inflict them personally set them off fast that you don’t even know what happen ……… my prayers to him that he realized what he did and gets help from professional doctors in violent behavior sickness and mental stress help…. in this days everyone is affected more with the recession and set backs in life ………….. as for her hope she gets well soon my prayers… god bless

    1. Mitzy K. says:

      @lorrainesgr So… You’re saying that he’s screwed after being serving overseas. I guess from your point of view that justifies beating a woman and makes it perfectly fine.. Next thing he’d do in anger and frustration is kill her, kill his children and shoot himself. His a coward, an abuser and he’s dangerous. He is better in jail and should stay there.

    2. Dani Martin says:

      @lorrainsgr – “pushed to the limit”. For asking to pay child support for his own two children? PA-LEEZE!

  13. Dani Martin says:

    @lorrainesgr – PA-LEEZE! Who said she was going to take him to the cleaners? He was arrogant enough to represent himself (without an attorney) to fight this. He was enraged over CHILD SUPPORT – which he claimed he was NOT going to pay. The fact that he isn’t even man enough to WANT to care for his children says a lot about his character right there. Then he beats the wife for asking for child support. Any parent – man or woman – should not have kids if they do not intend to support them. Not only is he a scum-bag but a dead-beat scum-bag.

  14. Shaking My Head says:

    First, most of you people need to learn how to properly use the English language–grammar, spelling, and punctuation included. Second, this guy will get his “in the end” when he is introduced to some inmate justice. Lock him up, and throw away the key–this was clearly an attempt to end this woman’s life.

  15. Bradley Smillie says:

    Some of you are truly blind!

    Let’s just say that in the court room, the woman was telling the judge that he was a good man and a good father. Telling them that he deserved to spend as much time with the children as he possibly could, but she also felt that she should remain the custodial parent. Do you picture this provoking th man to beat her? I DON’T!!!

    Now, on the other hand, picture her sitting there making up things or exaggerating the truth to make it seem as if he were an unfit father in order to sway the judges decision. This while the man sits there, more than likely showing his emotions in court, becoming upset. Not because they are in court, not because he might not be the custodial parent, but because this woman is sitting there telling bold face lies in order to come out on top.

    I am speaking form experience on this. I did not beat my ex but that doesn’t mean i didn’t want to.

    There has to be someting that triggered this mans rage that day. I am sure if she was telling the truth and the judge issued this order he would have went ofter the judge and not his wife. All fingers are point at her. Does that mean she deserved the beating she got? No! Not at all. I will tell you one thing though. If she was lying and she got this beating, I bet she thinks twice about lying again.

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