The Brazilian-born beauty and the American director were expecting their first child, son Julius. Let's take a closer look at the web of infidelity, custody battles, vindictive exes, and baby mama drama that got the starlette to this point.
By July , TMZ reported that Chick filed for divorce after just more than three years of marriage, claiming Baccarin, who was then living in New York where the series filmed, had cheated on him with her co-star, Benjamin McKenzie who plays her onscreen lover, Detective Jim Gordon.
Chick supposedly had no idea Baccarin and McKenzie were hooking up until he was presented with pretty irrefutable evidence. When Morena left him for Ben, Austin was devastated — completely shocked.
It wasn't until June , when a fan reportedly sent Chick a photo of McKenzie and Baccarin in Vancouver together, that he filed for divorce. We didn't act together, we were in a party scene at the same time … I did four episodes of his show!
I never interacted with him … In my 20s, I was in my prime! Getty Images Double whammy: Chick took particular issue with an incident that allegedly occurred in June , when he claimed that McKenzie "had just taken a shower and he was playing with [his] son. More on that in a minute. Art imitates life Getty Images Baccarin and McKenzie's onscreen Gotham characters were expecting a baby at the same time the couple was expecting in real life.
When I told them they were like, 'Okay, great! They were very creative … They put chairs everywhere for me so that when we had a break, I wouldn't have to walk more than a few feet to sit down.
Ben's the sweetest … It's very nice to work with your significant other, especially when you're pregnant because you know you'll get some extra TLC and get taken care of. News claimed Baccarin was on doctor-ordered bed rest due to her high-risk pregnancy, causing a delay in her ability to sit for an "unnecessarily stressful" court deposition with Chick's attorneys for the custody case.
My physician, who I last saw on Jan. Such stress will affect my personal well-being and potentially cause harm to the health of my unborn child.
News reported that Baccarin was ready to give birth at any second. McKenzie talked about the timing of the wedding with talk show host Harry Connick Jr. She's Brazilian and birthdays are very special. But if I forget anniversary and birthday, it's going to be a bad year. Mom" in the relationship. By February , the actress apparently grew tired of sending Chick checks. She requested that a judge allow her to stop making such huge temporary payments to Chick, alleging that once the case was finalized her fees would likely drop — and suggesting that Chick was perhaps freeloading off of her hard work and not getting a job.
According to the tab, the actress' attorney argued that Chick could easily support himself by simply getting a "j-o-b … at Starbucks. A judge ruled that the boy would reside with Baccarin in the Big Apple, where she films Gotham, but that Chick would have Julius once a month for eight days. Chick was reportedly required to give Baccarin 15 days notice before visiting with Julius, and he could bring Julius back to Los Angeles for eight-day visits once every two months. Baccarin was responsible for footing the bill for Julius and Chick's travel expenses — but the airfare can't be pricier than coach.
She and her ex got testy in court Getty Images Some testy-sounding text messages between Baccarin and Chick were made public during legal proceedings.
In November , Chick may have been behaving vindictive again. Chick also claimed Brazil, as a whole, was unsafe, which Baccarin argued was never an issue when they visited the country as a couple. Baccarin's legal team fired back, claiming Chick was simply trying to "vex, harass, and cause Morena to further expend fees in this matter … Such gamesmanship should not be condoned, is inappropriate and an utter waste of the court's time.
TMZ reported that Baccarin and Chick will share custody and that Chick will move to New York, where Baccarin resides and works, to make the custodial transitions easier for everyone. Baccarin retained ownership of their properties in Brazil and Los Angeles, as well as their Lexus — but it all came at a price.