Back in May, Los Angeles County issued an arrest warrant for “NCIS” alum Zoe McLellan for kidnapping, child custody deprivation, and child stealing.
For years, McLellan and her ex-husband Jean-Pierre “J.P.” Gillain have struggled through a long, grueling custody battle over their 8-year-old son, Sebastian. Now, Gillain has opened up to Radar about searching for his son, who went missing with McLellan.
Gillain said he hasn’t seen his son since April 2019. The last communication he received from the “NCIS” star was via email back in April this year, but it’s been radio silence ever since.
“My No. 1 goal, at this point, is to find my child,” the father told Radar.
Though he’s not sure why McLellan stopped communicating with him, Gillain claims that the “NCIS” star struggles with several mental health issues.
“I don’t know how much I can disclose of this, but Zoe’s psychological and mental state is not normal. I lived with her and I know her family background, and I know there was abuse going on with her when she was a small child. She’s not totally there,” Gillain said.
Right before they met and married, Gillain claims McLellan was “extremely suicidal” and self-diagnosed herself with bipolar disorder. McLellan’s mother, also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, once lost custody of the “NCIS” star in the 1970s.
“She’s got this delusional view of life that she maybe thinks she can get away with things and that it’s gonna be okay,” Gillain said. “I’m sure she’s convinced that what she’s doing by escaping life and taking our son with her is good for him. It must be something in her head that says that’s the best thing to do. She’s extremely paranoid, extremely defensive. I just can’t begin to explain it.”
Is The ‘NCIS’ Alum’s Son In Danger?
According to the mother and father, 8-year-old Sebastian faces significant harm from the other parent.
In Gillain’s eyes, McLellan is “emotionally abusive,” “extremely controlling,” and “conditioning our son.” But the scariest possibility in Gillain’s eyes is that he’ll never see his son again. The father told Radar how McLellan’s ex-boyfriend got in touch with him last year, revealing key details about the mother and son.
“He told me on a few occasions that what he had heard from [Zoe] was that she said, quote, ‘I’ll make sure Sebastian never sees his dad again,’ which you can interpret whichever way you want,” Gillain said. “And then most recently, I heard – I think it was from him as well – that she said something along the lines of that if she has to go down, that she’ll take him with her.”
But the “NCIS” star claims to have her reasons to keep her son away from Gillain. Back in January 2020, Gillain was charged with first-degree rape and aggravated crime against nature. The victim, McLellan claimed, was their son Sebastian. But the charges dropped later that year due to lack of evidence.
At the time Gillain was charged, McLellan told WDSU, “There’s no script I’ve ever read that’s been as awful as this. However, I always tell my son that we are warriors, not worriers, and we are fighting for him and that I will be able to keep him safe.”