Jesse James asks judge bar 'irrelevant,' 'improper' character evidence
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/21/2010
Jesse James apparently wants to make sure there's no unflattering evidence about his character in an upcoming civil case.
James' lawyers filed a motion earlier this month in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting that a former business partner refrain from using "irrelevant" and "improper" character evidence against the reality star in the upcoming case, E! News reported Thursday.
The lawsuit stems from a 2008 business deal when James partnered with Wal-Mart to launch America's Brand work wear before he allegedly pulled out at the last minute, cut ties with his business partner and launched the line anyway under his name, according to E! News, which added the former partner is now seeking his share of the profits.
According to a copy of the motion, James' lawyers are concerned the accuser "will attempt to introduce improper character evidence that is irrelevant, and highly prejudicial, and other incendiary evidence" -- most of which is related to recent infidelity allegations against him and his estranged wife Sandra Bullock's divorce filing.
Specifically cited "improper character evidence" includes any mention of alleged mistresses, the words Nazi or Nazis, Bullock's The Blind Side movie, the terms prostitute, and cheating or cheater; any photographs of alleged mistress Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, those that relate to Nazis or Nazi uniforms, or Bullock; the phrases "most hated person in America," "monster," "skin head," "racist" or "homophobe;" and allegations of an untruthful character.
"The motion is based upon the ground that the subjects listed above are not relevant to the claims or the defenses in the case, and if introduced, would create a substantial danger of undue prejudice," reads the motion.
"Recently, [James'] family and personal lives have been the subject of extraordinary media and public attention, a great deal of which involves rumor, gossip and innuendo. None of these matters have any relevance."
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for June 3.