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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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31.

wtf over    

#26 "another cheater"

All you have so far is "she said".

2870 days ago
32.

Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

#28 you are right, maybe I'm wrong. but as I don't follow her or her life this is the first I've heard of it. but still - I hope she gets some privacy to work through this.

2870 days ago
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Britney, Britney, Britney    

What a PIG you are #27 by using the word "c**try". We're not stupid out here and we know what you were calling her. What is wrong with you? Here this very talented and beautiful person files for divorce because her husband: #1. Verbally abused her (I've been there and I know what it does to you.) #2 Cheats on her (she has pictures to prove it) #3. Her 7-year old child sees her father looking at pornography on TV (THAT one was the worst!) #4. She has seen 100 pictures of her husband in a state of arousal --- and whatever else he has done. This 43-year old guy is "presently unemployed". Why should he be working when his wife makes all the money? I don't need to "hear the other side" to know what a creep he is. She obviously has been used. How painful for her that she is a celebrity and this has to come out publicly. It's good that SHE came out and said what he was doing before someone else (rag-mags, etc.) made all this worse. I read all the comments -- some extremely nice -- others --- shame on you. She's a beautiful lady with 3 beautiful kids. Hang in there, Sara, because you will get thru this. Your fans are here for you and we love you!!

2870 days ago
34.

Chris    

The only sad thing is that I wish she could have kept dancing---what a scumbag he is

2870 days ago
35.

Britney, Britney, Britney    

This is for #34 and then I am out of this stupid site --- Men like you are the reason Sara (and other women) are divorcing their husbands. YOU DON'T WATCH PORNOGRAPHY ON TV WHEN YOUR YOUNG KIDS ARE IN THE HOUSE!!!! His 7-year old daughter saw him watching this! Is there a part of this statement that you don't understand? Women were not put on this Earth for jerks like you to degrade them. As for all of your other comments --- they just aren't worth my time to comment on them. Over and out, sicko.

2870 days ago
36.

Kiley    

Republicans may seem to be in the news for aldutery, etc. lately...but, hello, Bill Clinton...at least they're smart enough to define "sexual intercourse." Further, Republicans are not the "Party of God," as one rocket scientist indicated. They just don't believe that Americans should cater to the GROSS minority (i.e., the atheists) and remove references to God and HOLIDAYS from our lives. Finally, Republicans believe, generally, in self responsibility and will not tax the CRAP out of ordinary hardworking citizens to pay for social programs for the lazy and stupid...well, maybe they aren't stupid...as these people seem to know how to milk the system...with its DEMOCRAT-initiated stipulations. Republicans are people...no one professes to be perfect...politicians TRY to have a perfect image...but don't blame the PARTY...to do that is absolutely ludicrous. And are all you people prepared for a woman president? Hilary Rotten Clinton is the only runner the Democrats have in 2008...she wins, we may as well immigrate to Canada.

2870 days ago
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Britney, Britney, Britney    

To #37 - Tara: I thought this was a message board regarding Sara Evans filing for divorce! Here we go again about the Republicans! Time for me to watch TV!

2870 days ago
38.

Kiley    

Joann: I was responding to previous Republican-bashing comments. I apologize.

2870 days ago
39.

Richard    

Poor Sara!!! My butt... She's been with him for 15 years and now just found out this stuff.... She should have stayed home and taken care of him, he wouldn't have had to look elsewhere.

2870 days ago
40.

Sander    

Well im sorry she is in this situation...but damn couldn't she have made the decision a little sooner about backing out of "Dancing with the Stars". I was upset to see Willa Ford booted off, especially when she was a much better dancer then Sara Evans. I'm sure Sara will have plenty of ideas for lyrics when she goes to make her next album...her present life sounds like a typical country song.

2870 days ago
41.

just keeping it real    

I am so glad you LIBERALS don't do anything wrong but whine about everything and everybody. Sara you wil get through this I know the LIBERALS don't like this word but Pray and you will get through this we all have up and downs in life and keep family and freinds close you will be just fine. GOD BLESS sorry LIBERALS!!

2869 days ago
42.

vegasdreaming702    

Here i thought wow Sara Evans music career is red hot. She is an awesome singer. She is on dancing with the stars an surviving week to week. Sara has three kids and a husband at home wow what a perfect country singers life and then to find out she quit dancing with the stars this week to get a divorce from her pervert husband and i mean PERVERT!!!!!!!!!!! Im shocked!!!!!!!!

2869 days ago
43.

Courtney    

I feel so bad for Sara!! I LOVED her music and her voice. She was such an amazing person and a great role model for kids. She supported saving yourself for marriage and Christian values, she totally did NOT deserve what this jerk done to her. Sara will be in my prayers because she's the best female country singer in country music today. And alot of times people look over her and I don't know why, she's the coolest, sweetest and best country singer out there today and deserves more than the country music industry gives her. God bless you Sara!! I know you'll get through this!!! You're in my prayers!!

2869 days ago
44.

Lisa    

Odd timing to quit? She should have been booted off weeks ago, and she knows it. Funny, I doubt that her husband began drinking excessively, being verbally abusive, cheated on her, etc etc, without the last couple of days--so why would her family need her to devote more time to them at this precise time rather than before? Seems that she was neglecting those kids all along. She shouldn't have agreed to do the show when she knew she had these problems--like I said--they didn't develop within the past couple of days. She is probably looking for sympathy because she doesn't want people criticizing her lousy dancing.

2869 days ago
45.

Shana    

Having lived through a scenario that would have ended up just like this had I stayed, I can really sympathize with Sara Evans. She is putting her family first and that is commendable. It takes courage to stand up to a loser's "spin machine". This addict needs rehab, bigtime. Starting with cigarettes, alcohol, verbal abuse, and then the toughest to beat: sex addiction. He needs therapy, he needs a job, he needs to get his self-esteem back. It won't happen as long as he is screwing up bigtime. It took guts and courage for Sara to do this, and I am impressed.

Mr. Schelske, you know every word is true. So just back off the self-denial, spin game and get yourself some help. Otherwise, five years from now you'll still be sitting there with your pants down logging into your craig's lists. And no, we don't want to read your book in five years.

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