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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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Christine Verges    

Dear Sara, I'm so sorry that your son had to see what his father was watching. I feel that you did the right thing by leaving"Dancing with the stars" Your children come first and your well being. No child should have a father that likes to look at pornography and also be in it. Sara I'm a christian woman and I stand by you. We will keep you and the children in our prayers. I don't belive in divorce but in this case its the best thing to do for the well being of the children and yourself. The good lord will be by your side all the way. Sorry you had to leave you was doing real good,but family comes first.God bless you and the children. From one christan to another. Christine Verges [Christiansburg Va.]

2836 days ago
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Helon    

Sara being the Lady that she is-- will rise above all the nasty remarks. He needs professional help, maybe a few shock treatments. As long as Sara believes in the MAN upstairs and puts her faith in him, she will make it. No Lady or children should have to put up with a pervert. We have some "good ole boys" in the south
that will teach him a few things about how to treat a Lady and your family. God bless you Sara. My prayers are with you and your children.

2836 days ago
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Cynthia Carpenter    

I am so sorry for you Sara. I went through the same thing. My husband made a trip out of state to consumate his online affair. He then got caught looking at the porn while I was attending my brother's funeral. My husband had to pay for it though! he got no freebee's. We are still together but not a day goes by that I don't think about it and wonder. You can make it through this and so will your kids with alot of prayer. Mine are with you.

2835 days ago
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blueeyes    

i think men are pigs for doing that.i was married for 22 yrs and was emotinaly and physicaly and mentaly abused all the time.my ex husband would get on the internet and go to nude teens and women he would keep pics of them.had a affair at the place were we wprked her in oklahoma with a 21 yr old.told me i was to fat and no one would have me .i filed for divorce in dec and i wish her all the luck cause a man needs mental help when they have to look at nude women and sex with other women .when you marrie it is for life and should be worship dearly.i believe in my vows.god puts a man and women together for no one to take apart.sad men are pigs.

2835 days ago
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September    

First of all, I feel for Sara and what she is going through. Second, it doesn't matter which political party you or anyone is affiliated with, there are sexual perverts in all parties, remember Democrat Clinton? It is just in recent news that a Republican is being accused that is fresh on everyone's mind.

Sara, I know you were trying to keep things together for the everyone, but when a man just cannot be happy with one woman, namely his own wife, then there is a problem here. It sounds like your soon to be ex is going to need alot of therapy in the days and years to come. He has an obvious problem.

I wish you the best and just thank the Lord above it didn't get any uglier than it did. God bless you and your family.

2835 days ago
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JACKIE BRIGGS    

YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE IN MY PRAYERS... AND THOSE THAT DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DID WHAT YOU DID ARE JUST AS F@$%^& UP AS YOUR FUTURE EX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE YA AND KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND CONTINUE MAKEING THE GREAT MUSIC THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE.. AS A MATTER OF FACT, I'M GONNA GO OUT AND BUY YOUR LATEST C.D. TODAY.....

2835 days ago
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Karen    

This whole issue is unfortunate, however, there are 2 sides to every story. I find it hard to believe her husband could change to this extreme behavior. People do change, but this is a bit much. One can get divorced, without bringing out all of the dirt, if this is all true. One can file for divorce, get divorced and move on. All of the details are not necessary, and will solve nothing.

Bless them both.

Karen

2835 days ago
83.

Tracy    

Its' true that we don't know the whole story. But if half of Sara's claims about the photos are true, then that shouldn't be hard to prove. I just pray I never have to experience what she is going through. Keep in mind, she's been with this man for 13 years and has three children by him, she had to love him. Note to Sara:
The same God who saw everything will be the same God who sees you through this storm your in. God Bless You and Your Girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2835 days ago
84.

Lisa    

Sara I know you tried to make it work but sometimes we need to walk away and learn from the lesson taught and Move on your way to talented and way to sweet to be used as you seem to have been.

Good luck and I for one think its is great you a big star put your family first I admire you for that.. Kids over all else is rare these days..

God Bless you and Yours...

Believe and the truth will be seen.

2835 days ago
85.

Kay    

Sara, you and your family are in our prayers. You are doing the right thing. Your children are what's most important. The rest will sort itself out in time.

2835 days ago
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Karen    

I remember listening to an interview last year with Sarah and the interviewer asked her what she contributes to having a successful 12 year marriage. She said sex and lots of it.

2835 days ago
87.

Bobbie Duncan    

Sarah, you go girl! You deserve more in life than to be stuck with a lunatic. I know, I lived for 20 years with a sex crazy husband. I only wish that I had had a career like you have, then I wouldn't have stayed all those years. You and your children will be much better off. I hate that you had to leave dancing, jsut when you were getting in the groove of the dance. God Speed to you and your family!!

2835 days ago
88.

Charles    

According to court documents, lol, man i'll have to remember that one. Anyone thats been thru or around a divorce should know better than to believe the crap both sides spew out in the typical nasty divorce. If all thats been said publicly actually happened in this case then i do feel for Sara but on the other hand from the things that are out there it makes you wonder why she put up with it so long. By the way, what does she do for kicks, wonder if there are any skeletons in her closet?

2835 days ago
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been through that    

Any porn watching is too much. Especially if the kids see it. My ex went as far as masturbating while watching the porn, and my poor child saw it. Sara has every right to want to end the marriage. It is a sickness that, unless he gets help for it and wants to stop it, it will continue on. My ex went as far as going out and doing it with prostitutes and anyone else who would participate. Luckily I left him, especially after he came home with an STD. She deserves far better than him. Good Luck to you Sara, God Bless You.

2835 days ago
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Brenda Bural    

I I feel really sorry for Sara Evans. I know shes going through big BS. I have went though divorces too they are tough. But we are survivers us women. As far as him being a repulican and doing things like that is inmaterial. I know plenty of demacrats that are like that more than anyone know about. They do theres in secret.
The things that he is doing is not just a republican or demacrat thing. Its the people that do things in secret that you have to watch out for.
Sara Our Prayers are with you.

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