Debra Messing files for divorce
June 6th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

Debra Messing files for divorce

“Smash” star Debra Messing is moving forward with her divorce from soon-to-be ex-husband Daniel Zelman.

According to People magazine, the actress has cited irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the split.

Messing is said to have retained the council of high profile attorney Neal Hersh, who has reportedly handled cases for fellow celebs Camille Grammer, Halle Berry and Melissa Etheridge.

Per court documents filed Tuesday, Messing is seeking joint custody of the couple’s 8-year-old son, Roman Walker Zelman, as well as spousal and child support.

The 43-year-old actress and the 44-year-old executive producer of the show “Damages,” who wed in September 2000, announced their separation six months ago.

They reportedly met in graduate school and dated for 10 years before tying the knot.

Around the time that the couple announced their split, the former “Will and Grace” star reportedly began seeing her “Smash” co-star Will Chase.


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    June 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BriSoFla

    hmmmm so where the heck are all the "defenders of marriage"? Why aren't they posting their hate for divorce? Hmmm, perhaps they like to have their cake and eat it too with SPECIAL RIGHTS for straight people only. NO SPECIAL RIGHTS! MARRIAGE EQUALITY NOW!

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    June 29, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mij

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      June 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • buddha burger

      ewwwwww! supporting an incompetent buffoon with zero business experience who flip flops his positions when its convenient? this illegal immigrant needs to take care of his tribe in Kenya and stop messing us up so the arabs can invade!

      July 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greta Sturgeon

      Stay in the closet you pedophile. YOu should share a cell with Sandusky!

      July 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chakosrealestate

    @Your 3rd grade teacher and @Hi pot, meet kettle – it is actually spelled "Internet" with a capital "I," not a lowercase "i". Nutbag Terwilleger had it right. Don't be so quick to judge!

    June 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    As long as she likes to be fisted in the ass she can marry me.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve, New York City

    Debra Messing is one GORGEOUS woman. I wish her and her family the best, during these difficult times. Wow – any man would be lucky to have her!

    June 19, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nutbag Terwilleger

    Okay, we're all surprised that the author of this little nugget doesn't know the difference between "counsel" and "council"? The is the Internet, my friends. That means we don't have time for correct grammar.
    Also, check the secondary byline - "Special to CNN."
    She's a stringer. And we all know what standards stringers are held to.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Your 3rd grade teacher

      "The is the Internet." Care to take your own advice?

      June 18, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Hi pot, meet kettle.

      The is the internet. Ah, ha, ha, ha, ha, you complete and total moron. God you are so dumb it's pathetic. Ah, ha, ha, ha.

      June 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jr

      What kind of standards do you have? 'The is the internet' for us too..

      June 22, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. You need an editor

    It's "counsel," not "council."

    June 11, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    I've personally met Debra. She is a fantastic woman. "Pain in the tail"? no way!

    June 11, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. rockm

    the word is 'counsel' not 'council'.

    June 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mitch

    She an ugly biotch.

    June 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ant Hillls

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    June 7, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
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    She should get a boooob job!

    June 7, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. ironwolf56

    Hollywood divorces and the term "irreconcilable differences" are so far away from newsworthy these days they shouldn't rate a blurb.

    June 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. be quiet

    will chase ruined her TV marriage and her real marriage! Like, OMG!!!

    June 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Observer

    I've seen her interviewed and she comes off as a prime pain in the tail.
    Interesting that she has had two hit shows and still wants alimony. Says a lot about her.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @Pretty Pretty...

    Well, you should know! Now's your chance. Lmao

    June 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pretty Pretty Pink Pony

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      June 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Pretty Pretty...

      For some reason, I don't think he'd be interested in you! Guess you should just keep looking. Pickings a little slim out in that pasture? Look out little sheep, here comes pretty pretty...lol

      June 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Pretty Pretty Pink Pony

    Prolly turned out to be gay. I heard she's attracted to that type.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

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