According to Patricia Driscoll’s attorney, Driscoll, ex-girlfriend of Kurt Busch, waited six weeks to file a domestic violence charge against Busch because she has been locked in a child custody battle with his ex-husband.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: BUSCH AND DRISCOLL
According to court documents, Driscoll alleges stock-car racer Busch both verbally and physically abused his, and that he smashed his head against a wall three times. Following advice from his attorney, Mark Dycio, Driscoll did not immediately report the abuse because of his current custody battle with his ex-husband over their son, Houston.
“Part of that case is premised off the fact Ms. Driscoll, Mr. Busch and the child spent so much time together,” said Dycio. “The fathis was concerned young Houston was being referred to in the paper by Mr. Busch as his stepson, his surrogate son, as Kurt Jr. Any allegations involving Mr. Busch would have had a material effect on that custody case.
HOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTS CHILD CUSTODY CASE
Dycio felt it was best to get the child custody battle resolved prior to Driscoll reporting Busch’s domestic abuse. Once that was done, Driscoll contacted police and provided them with text messages, photographs, and people that had prior knowledge of the situation in order to support his claims.
“As any parent will tell you, their child is their primary concern. So legally, it took some time to work through the process of how Mr. Busch’s situation with Ms. Driscoll would affect that custody case. It was only until that was resolved to a certain degree of satisfaction that we were able to pursue the second avenue.”
Driscoll’s filing requests Busch to stay away from his and his son, that he be evaluated by a psychiatrist as well as a domestic violence treatment agency. Dycio says Driscoll “encouraged (Busch) very strongly” to seek treatment for his anger issues.
According to Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, Busch denies the accusations and has been cooperating with police.
“When the investigation is over, everyone will realize this is a fabrication and an event that did not happen,” he said. “Past that, I don’t want to say any more than that and instead leave the police to reach their own conclusions.”
Source: USA Today, Lawyer: Custody battle delayed domestic assault claims against Kurt Busch, November 8, 2014
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