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Robert Wagner Cuffed on 'NCIS' as LA Cops Say He's Not a Suspect in Wife's Death

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 8:25AM
Last week the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. announced they are re-examining the drowning death of movie star Natalie Wood. The news led to frenzied speculation as to whether her husband, actor Robert Wagner, would now be named a suspect in her death, which has always been shrouded in mystery.

At a press conference Friday, a sheriff's spokesman told reporters that Wagner is not a suspect. "Her death was ruled an accident, an accidental drowing. And that's what it is. If, at the end of it, our investigation points to something else, then we'll address that."

However, over the last few days CBS viewers could have been forgiven for being rather confused about Wagner's status because he keeps appearing on screen in handcuffs. That's because, in a collision of art and life, the network's been promoting tomorrow night's episode of 'NCIS,' in which his character is accused of murder. After being asked if they'd considered postponing the episode, a CBS source told The Wrap that it "is running as scheduled."

CBS also aired a '48 Hours' investigation into Wood's death Saturday night. It was originally due to air Thanksgiving weekend to mark the 30th anniversary, but the network brought it forward because of the new investigation.

This is the third season that Wagner has appeared on 'NCIS,' in the perfectly cast recurring role of Anthony DiNozzo's dad. In another odd coincidence, Michael Weatherly, who plays DiNozzo, has actually played Wagner onscreen ... in a TV movie about Natalie Wood's death.

In 2004 he starred opposite Justine Waddell as Wood in ABC's 'The Mystery of Natalie Wood.' When AOL TV wondered if he'd asked Wagner whether he'd seen the movie, Weatherly said "No. We didn't really talk about that."

'NCIS' airs Tuesdays, 8PM ET on CBS.

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Ryan Healey

The day Natalie Wood died my mother (a fan) immediately said "Robert Wagner killed her" and felt that way for decades. It never made any sense that she would try and get into a dingy when afraid of water. Where did her bruses come from? Why was Wagner heard screaming at her before she vanished? Why was their cabin a mess after she disappeared. Robert Wagner hurt her physically and either shoved her off the board in a jealous rage or saw her fall and did nothing. Back in 1981 Robert Wagner was a powerful/popular actor who could twist facts and get people to go along with his story. Now, he is 81 and has little power of induence anymore. It's time he faced charges so Natalie can rest in peace.

November 21 2011 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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