Every time I read a story about Jesse James I want to shower. He’s become a magnet for disgusting, whether it be actual fact or merely allegations. The latest? His ex-wife, former adult film star Janine Lindemulder, is accusing him of using Sunny as a pawn to win-back Sandra Bullock.
This could be true or it could be good old fashion mudslinging. Janine, who is currently residing in a government half-way house for tax evasion and has no legal rights to her daughter, is locked in a bitter custody battle with Jesse for the seven year old.
Jesse just sold his California home to re-locate to Austin, Texas, where Sandra has several properties. The move is presumably so that Sunny can be close to the woman she has come to know and love as a mother. Janine is of course upset, since this relocation will make it more difficult to see her daughter.
It’s a hard situation and difficult to tell whether Jesse’s intentions are for what is best for Sunny or what is best for himself. Move and be close to the woman who raised your child or don’t move and stay close to the natural mother who wants to raise her?
Janine feels that Jesse isn’t thinking about Sunny. Instead, she feels he is concerned with himself. “Jesse’s ego is out of control and despite everything that has happened he believes that he can win Sandra back, and he doesn’t care who he uses in the process,” a source tells RadarOnline.com. “Jesse has already told Sunny and Janine that this is what he intends to do and Janine feels that he’s brain-washing Sunny in an attempt to get Sandra Bullock back.”
Janine intends on being in court later this month to try and re-establish her rights. She has asked Jesse to pay for 50% of the legal fees, but there is no confirmation whether or not he will comply with her wishes. In fact, Janine thinks that Jesse is using her financial state as another way to manipulate their daughter.
“Jesse knows that Janine is broke and he’s told Sunny that she doesn’t want to live with her mommy anymore because she will be staying in a crappy condo and would have to get the bus everywhere,” the source continues. “For her part she just wants to help raise her daughter again and re-establish their bond once more. She was powerless with all the fall-out from Jesse’s affairs and she fears that Jesse no longer has Sunny’s best interests at heart…She feels that Jesse is trying to take advantage of the situation because Janine has no money and that Sunny is the key in his mind to winning Sandra back.”
Prior to the scandal, Sandra was working with Jesse to keep Janine away from Sunny, contesting that Janine was unfit and exposing the child to “unsavory characters.”
The whole thing is a mess. Sandra was seen having lunch with Sunny a week ago and the two are still in touch. Let’s hope that with at least one person in her life without hidden motivations, things work out for Sunny.