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Jesse James' Stepmom -- Abuse Claim is 'Crap'

5/26/2010 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jesse James' former stepmom claims Jesse's allegation that his dad broke his arm when he was 7 years old "is a bunch of crap."



Janina James Coan, who was involved with Jesse's dad since Jesse was 6, tells TMZ she was "appalled" by what Jesse said about Larry James during the "Nightline" interview.

Coan -- who married Larry when Jesse was in high school but eventually divorced -- tells us Jesse had a variety of injuries -- including broken bones -- as a kid, because he was into motocross.   But she scoffs at the notion that Jesse was abused.

Coan says, "Larry was the most caring father, the kindest father who would do anything for anybody.  He loved Jesse to death and would brag about him all the time."

Coan does say, however, that Jesse and his dad don't get along.  The tension started, she claims, when Jesse was 16.  She claims Jesse's dad found out his son and a friend allegedly robbed a Fotomat and called the cops on him.  Coan says Jesse ended up in juvenile hall and was very upset that his dad turned him in.

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46.

someone who knows    

Jesses stepmom was there long before they were married.She and Jesse's dad were friends for years before ever getting together.She is not getting paid for this. She is trying to help clear the name of a man accused of something he did not do.




All of you who are quick to jump to his defense have no idea who he really is.
All you know is the b.s. he spits on t.v.



He is a compulsive liar. He had the best childhood. This is all an attempt to get some sympathy.



1550 days ago
47.

Cindy    

The mother's always deny abuse, because they know they too are culpable for not having done anything about it. Shame on her. Typical for mother's of children who are abused by their fathers.



And likely, she was/is abused too.

1550 days ago
48.

No comment    

jdubu2 - how stupid are any of these celebs who sleep around in the media/paparazzi/texting/cell phone photo days? He did it to himself. Plus, he hooked up with a skank who rolled him within days of his wife winning an Oscar, because that was the best time for a big payday. He's robbed a fotomat at 16, enough said. He's a life long punk.

1550 days ago
49.

Amy    

Jesse-- I believe you when you say your father broke your arm. You've got issues you need to work on, and you didn't get those issues overnight. It's obvious you had a terrible childhood.



But your childhood is now over. It is time to own up to what you did wrong. What your father did to you as a child is on him, and you have every right to be angry with him. What you did to Sandra is on you, and she has every right to be angry with you and divorce you because of it.




Don't be like your parents who place the blame for your crappy childhood on everybody but thmeselves. Instead, own up to your mistakes and learn from them so you don't screw up again. It takes a strong person to admit they messed up, and even a stronger person to change themselves for the better.

1550 days ago
50.

barbara    

My father beat ne from the time I was 13 until I left home at 17. He put me in the hosital once. Yet, to this day my mother denies it. He also beat my brothers and put my sister through a window in a door. I saw all this and remember it to this day. I did not cry at his funeral.

1550 days ago
51.

DANA    

i didnt belived him anyway
bollock excuse for cheating
give me a break
and all the womans he s been with are typical WHORES !!!
Sandra never look back !!!! RUN !!!!

1550 days ago
52.

sickofthelies    

Seriously, Jesse's Dad & His Sister know Jesse's telling the truth. Why not ask them about Stealing and selling Jesse's stuff on ebay 5 years ago. Jesse may be hated, maybe a little jacked up for some People to understand.

1550 days ago
53.

S    

I'm going to give Jesse the benefit of the doubt. My mom's husband was very abusive, but my mom will never admit it because it reflects badly on her for letting it happen. This stepmother might feel the same. Or, she was just never around when the abuse was taking place and was lied to about the origins of he injuries.

1550 days ago
54.

angeleyes    

#25 carolynnn - you are so right! He should just accept responsibility for his own actions and stop with the "blame game" - And the "pity party" -
Yes we all make mistakes and have to own up to them - but playing the victim is not on when you are an adult - and blabbing to the media is not on either - address your issues with professional help and if you must address them with who you perceive to be the cause -All he did with the interview is sabotage his family and play the "poor me" card again -

1550 days ago
55.

Jeepers    

I'm compelled to believe Jesse on this one. When there's abuse, there's often an enabler. I figured it was self-sabotage...but just because Sandra seemed out of his league. I mean, he was married to a porn star before her. Yuck.

1550 days ago
56.

Cheryl    

I call B.S. My Dad beat the crap out of me for most of my childhood and my Mom likes to pretend it didn't happen. Being beaten as a child changes who you are as an adult. There's no way around that.

1550 days ago
57.

couplewords    

give me a break! I got beat up when I was a kid and went to an all-boy school to get beat up some more and I'm no where near as f****ed up as this pile of horse dung! He needs to get rolled over by a truck real quick or he'll terrorize Sandra and kid! He'll blame them for his new batch of woes.

1550 days ago
58.

DANA    

poor Sandra she spent all her life doing BS movies
and never had the life to change more partners
has been seduce by this fellow man and screwed up
feel sorry for her
I hope she can more her life in better and stronger way
and people like this guy and his whores will stop doing their 15 min to cash in

1550 days ago
59.

John    

Ok wow... if he is such a angel then why isn't she still married to the guy?



There were things Jesse said in his interview that he was either the best liar in the world or he really did get abused. I am from a abusive home and I know first hand the pain and crap...



If you didn't live it then you don't know. Its the closest thing to rape there is. ITs not about getting spanked a few times. Its about blood and broken bones.



Heck I didn't even have kids till I was in my 30's because I was afraid of doing the same thing to mine. It takes a lot out of you.



The cool thing is I found out I can relive a happier child hood with my kids.

1550 days ago
60.

Carolyn     

Wow, I'm surprised by all the hatred. We put celebrities on pedestals and then we're shocked and angered when they act like regular folks. Jesse cheated on his wife, big deal! Men and women cheat on their spouses all the time. But most don't have to deal with photographers and journalists. I admire his courage to do the interview.

1550 days ago
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