EXCLUSIVE: True Grit Producer Victim Of Domestic Battery, Files For Divorce After Wife's Arrest


May 28 2018, Updated 10:15 a.m. ET

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True Grit producer Paul Schwake has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly nine years just days after she was arrested for domestic battery, has exclusively learned.

EXCLUSIVE COURT DOCUMENTS: Read Paul Schwake's Divorce Petition & Emergency Protective Order

In court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and exclusively obtained by, Schwake states that on March 6, 2011 he and his wife, Shauna Debra Thomas, got into an argument when Thomas allegedly slapped him.

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Thomas, 47, was later arrested for domestic battery by the Los Angeles County Sheriff and held on $20,000.00 bail. She was released the same day.

Following the incident and noting that Thomas had been violent in the past -- stating she "even came at him with a knife" -- the producer was granted a domestic violence emergency protective order to ensure that his wife would not be allowed within 100 yards of him, the couple's Agoura Hills home or their nine-year-old daughter.

Celebrity Justice

Two days later on March 8, Schwake began divorce proceedings against Thomas, citing irreconcilable differences and asked the court to terminate its jurisdiction to award his wife spousal support.

In addition, the producer is seeking joint legal custody of the couple's daughter and is requesting the court grant him primary physical custody with visitation to Thomas.

Schwake and Thomas worked together on the 2008 film Strange Wilderness where Schwake served as Executive Producer - she was his assistant.

The couple married on March 23, 2002 and separated on January 23, 2011.


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