August 3, 2013


Jack White Defends Himself After Being Hit With Restraining Order


Jack White defended himself and attempted to put estranged wife, Karen Elson's, character into question after she took out a restraining order against the singer last week.

In a motion (obtained by Rolling Stone) filed by White's lawyer in Davidson County Circuit Court in Nashville, the former White Stripe insisted that Elson's claims were unfounded.

In the restraining order against White, who split with his wife in 2011, Elson alleged that she "fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of [his] harassment."

The countermotion by White directly addresses her allegations. It reads:

"The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent toward his wife and children."

The motion also claims that Elson left the couple's children in White's care when she went on a 10-day "work/pleasure trip" to New York, the day after she signed the restraining order affidavit. 

The day after that, she filed a request that the singer, guitarist partake in a psychiatric exam.

White's attorney, Cathy Speers Johnson, referred to the motion for a psychiatric exam as "inflammatory . . . . disingenuous, fraudulent and retaliatory and simply designed to malign him in the public record or to gain an upper hand in this litigation."

The motion also called out Elson for leaving the children in her husband's care after filling a restraining order for their safety.

"One who was truly fearful of another would not leave their children alone with that person for 10 days," it said. "The truth of the matter is that Ms. Elson is not fearful for herself or the parties' minor children."

Additionally, the countermotion points to several emails from Elson in which she speaks glowingly of her husband's parenting. In May of this year she supposedly wrote:

"You're an amazing father, I'm so glad we had these kids together."

Hopefully these two can work things out and go back to the headier days of having divorce parties to "re-affirm our friendship and celebrate the past and future."