Miss Congeniality herself is in a custody battle with her husband’s porn star ex. Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James are fighting his ex-girlfriend for custody of his daughter, Sunny. Jesse and the child’s mother, Janine Lindemulder, split when she was 7 months pregnant with their daughter. Bullock is trying to prove that she is a better parent for her husband’s daughter than the girl’s mother, an adult film star and director, who has just served six months in prison for tax evasion. Lindemulder was released last month and now is living in a halfway house, while James had been awarded sole custody of Sunny. She can seek custody at the end of the year.
“What would give her the right to take away my daughter?” Lindemulder said of Bullock, toward whom the majority of her ire seems directed. “This is my daughter. I’m the best mother I can be.”
James is determined not to let his ex gain custody of their daughter because, according to court papers he fears his little girl would be introduced to a dangerous world if she lived with her mother. The current dispute has arisen as the couple claims they have seen suspicious marks and bruises when she arrived at their home after Lindemulders’ visition.
Per The Morung Express:
“Good cause exists for the court to conduct a review to determine if (the girl) will be safe with (Lindemulder),” James said in a statement to the court. “She should be restrained from allowing the child around pornographers, drug addicts, guns and firearms, felons and other unsafe environments.”
James also has two older kids from his first marriage, and Sandra has said that she’s very happy being an involved stepmother, saying that she feels “very blessed.” The couple also have some concerns over Lindemulders new boyfriend Jeremy Aikman, who has several past state and federal convictions involving alcohol, guns and the manufacturing of narcotics. Lindemulder reportedly sent a text message to James when she was charged last year, telling him “U WIN. Sandra has her baby congrats,” even though she acknowledges Sandra for being an “excellent mother” who genuinely cares for her daughter.
“I know the term ‘stepmother’ carries many connotations, one of them being a ‘glorified babysitter,’ ” she writes. “My commitment and responsibility to Sunny, and Chandler and Jesse Jr., goes beyond that. We are FULLY prepared to accept the responsibility and make Sunny’s transition as healthy as possible if full custody should be awarded to Jesse…We are here, and know we may have a tough road ahead of us but we have built a strong and stable foundation, which makes us ready for anything.”
Jesse James and Lindemulder are equally unimpressive. Asking a judge to look at the home of the mother who has just been released from jail sounds pretty reasonable to me. I feel for Sandra in this situation. Being a step-parent in a blended family is a difficult situation. Does poor Sandra stand a chance against the devil’s crowd?
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