NASCAR driver Kurt Busch appeared at a Del. court hearing on Monday to deny domestic assault allegations against him.
Busch’s ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, raised the allegations against the 2004 Sprint Cup Champion back in November. Driscoll claimed that Busch repeatedly slammed her head against a wall in his motor home at Dover International Speedway after an argument on Sept. 26. (RELATED: Ex-Girlfriend Accuses Kurt Busch of Domestic Violence)
Busch does not deny the original argument, but he stated in court on Monday that Driscoll lied about the event to the Dover Police Department. Busch claimed that while he did indeed “cup his hands around his [Driscoll’s] face and tell her to leave,” he never, “pushed her head against the wall,” reports USA Today.
Nick Terry, a NASCAR chaplain, corroborated Busch’s story at the hearing. Terry stated that Driscoll entered his motor home, crying on the night of the incident; Driscoll proceeded to tell Terry that she had been in an argument with Busch, but she didn’t say anything about having her head slammed into the wall, as described to police. Terry and his wife also failed to find any signs of physical abuse upon a cursory examination of Ms. Driscoll.
Rusty Hardin, Busch’s attorney, sought to further degrade Driscoll’s credibility. He claimed that she had, “fabricated things across the board to suit her needs at the time,” including that “she was a trained assassin who had killed people, including drug lords,” and that, “Jessica Chastain’s character in the movie Zero Dark Thirty was partly based on her.”
As a final defense, Hardin asked his client how he would fare in a physical confrontation with Ms. Driscoll, to which he replied, “I knew she could take me down at any moment… because she is a badass.”
The hearing is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.