Attorney: Busch has ‘domestic violence problem’

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Kurt Busch and his attorneys engaged in a smear campaign to cover up the driver’s alleged abuse of his ex-girlfriend, according to court documents filed in Kent County (Del.) Family Court Thursday by Patricia

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Kurt Busch and his attorneys engaged in a smear campaign to cover up the driver’s alleged abuse of his ex-girlfriend, according to court documents filed in Kent County Family Court Thursday by Patricia Driscoll’s legal team.

In a rebuttal of closing arguments filed Wednesday in which Busch’s attorneys accused Driscoll of perjury, Carolyn McNeice, Driscoll’s attorney, wrote that her client did not perjure herself. McNeice said that Busch’s legal team sought to smear Driscoll’s reputation to distract from the very real allegations that the driver grabbed her by the throat and slammed her head three times against the wall during a race weekend at Dover International Speedway in September 2014.

“I suggest instead that Respondent (Busch) does not have a public relations problem; he has a domestic violence problem,” McNeice wrote. “He committed an act of abuse and the Court should find in Mrs. Driscoll’s favor.”

The written summations, filed by attorneys this week, mark the closing stages of a protective order hearing between the driver and Driscoll, his former girlfriend, who owns a defense company and runs the Armed Forces Foundation.

In Wednesday’s filing, Busch’s legal team alleged that Driscoll repeatedly lied on the stand — making up stories about how Busch allegedly abused her — so she could destroy his reputation. They also questioned why Driscoll never rebutted claims that she was an assassin, something that she denied after the hearing. McNeice wrote in Thursday’s rebuttal that Driscoll did not have to, because she already did when asked during cross examination.

In a statement to the media made after the final hearing in January, Driscoll said Busch’s claims that she was an assassin were ludicrous and an attempt to destroy her credibility.

Busch’s legal team claimed in its closing arguments Wednesday that Driscoll told “legions of people” that she was a trained killer. And she never rebutted the driver’s claims about her covert life because she knew people would come forward.

Rusty Hardin, Busch’s attorney, said Thursday that he hadn’t seen the rebuttal, but when told of the comments he said they were “patently false.”

“There is no question that she has lived a life of misrepresenting things to people,” he said, adding that they could file a perjury complaint with the courts depending on what happens in the coming weeks. “She will be fortunate if she rides this thing out without being charged with a crime herself.”

Busch does not have a domestic violence problem, Hardin said.

“If anybody needs protection, it’s him,” the lawyer said.

Driscoll has requested that Busch stay away from her and not contact her. She also is asking for Busch to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be assessed by a certified domestic violence treatment agency, according to the court filings.

Kent County Family Court Commissioner David Jones is expected to make a ruling on the matter in the coming days.

The Dover Police Department closed its investigation into the incident in December and turned over its findings to the state Attorney General’s office. The office has not announced a decision on the allegations.

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