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Sandra Bullock and Jesse James In Messy Custody Fight

Sandra Bullock on Leno Tonight Show Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James, of Monster Garage fame, are battling with his ex-wife over custody of his 5-year-old daughter, Sunny Lee James.  He was granted custody when Sunny's mom, former adult film actress Janine Lindemulder, was imprisoned for tax evasion earlier this year.  She's out, and wants visitation.

Sandra and Jesse allege Janine is an unfit parent, and want to keep her away from Sunny.  Janine wrote a letter to the judge saying that she hoped to see her daughter every Saturday, and be more informed of her child's out-of-state travel and any changes in her education.   "My daughter and I are both very eager to get back to a normal, healthy, loving life," she wrote.

The court granted Lindemulder visitation rights on Sundays, according to court documents, as long as she kept her daughter away from her new husband -- felon Jeremy Aikman -- and did not consume any drugs or alcohol.  But they were back in court recently when it was alleged she violated the terms of the visitation.

Sandra wrote her own letter to the judge, alleging that Sunny was mistreated in her mother's care.  "I myself have stopped working like I used to in order to be here with Jesse and the kids because we are on constant high alert," she wrote. "Never knowing the condition Janine will be in, and even more concerning, the condition Sunny will be in."

She also blames this situation as the reason she has not had biological children.  "To share the joy of bringing another life into the world with Jesse is something that I desire very much," she wrote. "But we realized that due to the instability in Sunny's life, bringing another child into the world at [this] time wouldn't be in Sunny's best interest." 

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Janine took the fight to the court of public opinion, and went on Good Morning America last week to plead her case.  "I am the best mother I can be," she said, although she admitted to making "horrific choices in the past."  said she's not sure how Bullock formed an opinion of her parenting, since "Sandy doesn't know what goes on in my house."

"It hurts tremendously. The accusations, especially from Sandra ... because we've never sat down and talked," Lindemulder said in the interview. "That's the one thing that I wish more than anything, for a remedy for what's happening here, is just communication."

Ironically, since Sandra wrote letters to the judge, Jesse is now asking for his wife to be left out of the discussion.  James's attorney Marilyn Slifman calls Lindemulder's remarks "inaccurate and unfortunate."  "Sandra Bullock is not a party to this litigation," Slifman says in a statement. "Mr. James's sole concern is for the safety, welfare and best interests of his daughter. The proper forum to resolve this case is in the courtroom."  

Wow, what a mess this is.  As a parent, I'm not sure I'd like my kid to be publicly blamed for the reason someone hasn't had their "joy of bringing another life into the world." Then again, it does sound from these statements that Sandra and Jesse are really looking out for Sunny's best interest, as opposed to say, the Gosselins, so there is that.

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iambellaluna

Janine is a crazy mess. Jesse seems to have is act together now...so? This is rather peculiar. I wonder how it will pan out. Much more insteresting then Jon+Kate right now.

BaltimoreGal

I didn't like how Janine was saying "is it because of my tattoos?" on a clip I saw on TV. Um, I don't think so, lady- she married Jesse. Perhaps it's the recent conviction. And the guy you married with the multiple felony convictions.

Regina (not married to Dave, darn)

As a step mom who helped her husband go through a messy custody fight, my advice to Sandra would be to stay supportive, but stay out of it. And, having a baby and establishing a normal family household will be in Sunny's best interest as long as they keep her feeling a part of it all.

indycitygirl

Tattoos dont make you a bad parent and I dont think she should be judged because of her porn past.I think neglect and drug abuse ,thats a reason to take a child away.We all know people will side up with Sandra but from what I have heard about her(from people here where she owns a house and had filmed a movie before)she is no sweet picnic either.Now Jesse on the other hand...Yummy




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