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'Scorpions' Drummer

My Ex-Wife Is a

Drunk, Unfit Mother

9/23/2012 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

drummer James Kottak claims his ex-wife is an alcoholic who isn't fit to raise their 15-year-old son ... but she says the rocker is lying in a pathetic effort to reduce his child support payment.

Kottak filed legal docs this month asking a judge to change a July 2011 ruling that gave his ex Athena Lee (Tommy Lee's little sis) primary custody of their teenage son AND ordered him to cough up $1,466 / month in child support and another $1,738 / month in spousal support.

In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Kottak claims their son has been living with him 100% of the time since January 2012, when the teenager had a falling out with his mother. Kottack claims Athena has been in and out of rehab for alcohol addiction.

Kottak -- who was married to Athena from 1996 to 2010 -- says he deserves primary physical custody with Athena getting visitation rights. He also wants the court to reduce his child support payments.

The drummer also specifies that his income -- listed at $12,000 month -- isn't set in stone because his contract with the Scorpions has yet to be renewed.

Kottak claims his wife on the other hand makes plenty of money ($3,100 month) and has the potential to pull in $80k / year as a surgical nurse -- so he wants his spousal support cut down too.  

But Athena says the rocker is spewing lies -- claiming she's been sober since January 13, 2012 and is allowing her son to live with Kottak so he can stay in his school district.

"He's trying everything he can to knock me down," Athena says ... adding, " It's only about the money to James."

A judge has yet to rule.


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Diamond Goddess!    

James is right.

759 days ago

Passion Of The Taint    

Why is Courtney Stodden now banging this old turd?

She is such a nasty, dirty, old looking teen!!!! with herpes! So there!!!
This should be illegal!!!! mrrrr!

759 days ago


The Scorpions drummer is one to talk.

759 days ago


He better find a new gig...Scorpion's are just ending their farewell tour. And he knows that!

759 days ago


The Kettle Vs. The Pot....dun, dun, dun,....two people who need sobriety more than, hmm? 3 boobs, 2 Willie's, eye's in the back of my head, lips on a woodpecker

759 days ago


$1,466 for one kid is outrageous. California's courts are so F-ed up.

759 days ago


Ok, help me out here folks.
The boy has been living with "the dad", and "the mom" is still getting "the child support". So in my mind, one would think the child support would stay where the boy is. So... The judge could rule that "the mom" doesn't get child support anymore. And, "the mom" could be the one paying child support. I can see why " the dad" is doing this. If the kid is with him 100% of the time, it only seems fair to drop the child support going to her all together. How is she supporting the kid when he is with dad 100% of the time? She is fixing to get a big bite from reality.

759 days ago


A surgical nurse and an alcoholic. Wow, hope for good things during your operation general public.

759 days ago


Pot meet Kettle.

No mention of how James left his wife and kids high and dry and was living in portland with his mid-life crisis and never would even visit his kids. His wife was home raising the kids while Peter Pan was out running around.

759 days ago


She admits their child is living with the father, so she should not be getting child support and should, in fact, be paying him close to $15K. End of story.

759 days ago


The Scorpions??!! Good grief. How about someone suing him for being an unfit drummer? The scorpions.........Oh Mighty Isis.

759 days ago


What a dick, she is the mother to his child and calling her names in the press is just shi##y. This guy is a has been anyway. She's still way prettier than he is.

759 days ago


first of all , how dare you all judge Athena when you dont know a THING about her .. James is a TOTAL liar .. she has been sober sense jan. he is the one that is still druging and drinking it up .. he cheated on her with some nasty whore .. and now want to pay her nothing .. they have more than one kid btw !!! He is just doing this to save face and nothing more !!

759 days ago


Not even a Scorpion's fan like me is interested about this "story" Come on, TMZ...u can do better.

759 days ago


James, didn't you have to cancel a show just recently because you were too drunk to go on stage? Anyway you play rock star you pay rock rock star LOL. Wonder who will be playing drums for the scorpions next year? Maybe Athena can shes a better drummer than you anyway! Now go take a seat next to Vanilla Ice.

759 days ago
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