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"Dancing" Star Claims Abuse By Sex-Crazed Hubby

10/13/2006 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sarah Evans and Craig SchelskeNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country singer Sara Evans alleges in divorce papers that her husband committed adultery, was verbally and emotionally abusive, drank excessively and frequently watched pornography in their home.

Evans, 35, filed for divorce Thursday from Craig Schelske and announced through a spokesman that she was quitting ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" to "to give her family full attention at this difficult time."

The couple married in 1993 and have three children ages 7, 3 and 2. Schelske, 43, who is currently unemployed, ran for Congress as a Republican from Oregon's 5th District in 2002. He is a native of Salem, Ore. He could not immediately be reached for comment.


In the filing in state court in Franklin, a Nashville suburb where the couple has a home, Evans alleges that Schelske watched pornography on the couples' computers and has at least 100 nude photographs of himself in a state of arousal. She also alleges that several photographs show Schelske having sex with other women, and that Schelske maintains "Craigs Lists" on his computers, some of which involve requests for three-party sex and anal sex.

According to the court documents, the oldest of the couple's children confronted Schelske when he was watching pornographic material on the television in their home.

Evans further alleges that Schelske frequently threatened her and "told her that she is crazy," threatened to take the children to Oregon and "continually interferes with (Evans') possession of and parenting time" with their children.

Evans requests child custody, possession of Franklin home and child support.
Evans was among 11 celebrities who paired with professional dancers to compete on the third season of the popular ABC reality series. "Ms. Evans hopes that her fans and TV viewers who've supported her in recent weeks and throughout her music career will respect and understand her need for privacy in the face of these recent events," Allen Brown, her representative at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, said in a statement Thursday.

The Missouri native was recently nominated for female vocalist of the year honors by the Country Music Association. She made her recording debut in 1997 and her 2000 album "Born to Fly" went double-platinum. Her hits include "Perfect," "Suds in the Bucket," and "Real Fine Place to Start."

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16.

luvbny    

i am very sorry to hear such crappy news about sarah. this is horrible. well she will still have her beauty, health and her career & kids!

you go girl!

2930 days ago
17.

ben    

this guy is a major republican operative. His "Craigpac" is a political action committee "dedicated to electing conservative leaders with a reform-driven agenda." Craigpac.com even has a list of all the republican candidates he's given money too. I wonder if any will give it back? The Christian Broadcast Network has already removed a profile of the guy talking about "the Lord" now that the story has broken. Family values really is just an empty campaign slogan for these clowns.

2930 days ago
18.

ihatefollywood    

has she had plastic surgery? she looks different. she didn't need to do anything to herself. feel bad for her; geez, you never know anyone unless you live with them 24/7. she and her kids need to definitely get outta dodge.

and yeah, i agree.................what good role models those republicans are. another reason to be proud to be an american........

2930 days ago
19.

wtf over    

Perhaps she should have been at home taking care of her man's "special purpose" instead of rubbing her ginormous bazoomies all over some strange "dance partner".

2930 days ago
20.

kathleen    

Good for Sara--It seems like the Dancing with the Stars show turns out to be the BEST thing ever for a LOT of women who have appeared on the show...Too bad she has 3 kids in the middle of this mess--but, unfortunately, a SEX ADDICT doesn't change his spots--I know, I was with one, once.

2930 days ago
21.

Originalkat    

Bad situation but it ca't be the first she knew of this. She tours constantly and has her kids with her most of the time. I am sure this has been going on for awhile and shame on her taking the deal on the dancing show anyway.
This didn't just happen in the last several weeks. Could the $245,000. to do the show have spoken to her louder than her family? I think she would have been voted out next week anyway so why not bring out all your dirty laundry not to have to get bounced?
This did give her more press.

2930 days ago
22.

amy    

She is an absolutely wonderful, talented musician and was one of the "few" who made country hip again. Beauty and brains-the best of both. An absolute role model. It is so sad this gifted philanthropic talent had to endure this. the only way half this population knows how to build themselves up, is by shooting others down..
We love you Sara

2930 days ago
23.

Georgia Peach    

wtf over (comment #18)- you are an idiot!! This is in no way Sara's fault. Geeze - get a life jerk. Men that do those things would do them no matter what. He drinks, he is abusive and into pornography and you somehow think that's her fault???? Seriously!!!

2930 days ago
24.

Samantha    

that guy is dick. she was the only reason i watched dancing with the stars. I have all of her cds and i love her music. Her new cd is great......

i wish her nothing but the best.....

2930 days ago
25.

wtf over    

#21 Seems like I heard that there are always TWO sides to a story. Maybe just wait and see what his rebuttal to her claim contains. In her case, it may be that the best defense is a good offense. Surely, YOU and I don't know all the intimate details. Divorce accusations are just accusations until proved in a court of law .

2930 days ago
26.

heather    

Have any of these women seen the Burning Bed they have to fall asleep sometime you know. Nowadays it seems like politicians and catholic priest are finally getting caught for doing what they claim to stand against. What comes around goes around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2930 days ago
27.

MaryMac    

This is rediculous! I can't believe all of these comments about Republicans and priests, no less. This story has nothing to do with either! To make such a statement, you'd think every Republican is a pervert and every priest is a molester. By the way, as far as the priesthood goes, it's the same as any other job perverts take in order to have unquestioned access to children. These sickos simply "pretend" to be priests and be Godly, when in fact, they are simply hijacking the station. They are not "fallen priests" who just couldn't hack it. They planned it all along.

IMO

2930 days ago
28.

caveman    

watching pornography on a computer????
Heavens to betsy, i've never heard of such a thing.

if you broads only knew what was in our heads....

2930 days ago
29.

Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

Too bad, another cheater, another broken marriage. I don't know her or her music but I hope she gets some privacy to work through this horrible situation.

2930 days ago
30.

wtf over    

She's a little bit c**try, he's a lot rock hard 'n roll. A man doesn't stray for NO reason.
3 kids - she's probably all worn out anyway. Wonder how much alimony she'll have to pay?

10 words for ya - "I did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky". Sh*t, even Hillary knows how to "stand by her man" even when he was getting bj's in the next room before having to sleep with her. So you see, it's not really a "Republican" thing. She should have spent more time at home.

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