Jack White's Ex Says He's Harassing Her

Rocker, Karen Elson fighting over kids

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 2, 2013 12:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two years ago, Jack White and Karen Elson threw a divorce party together, which certainly made it seem as if their split was amicable. Well, apparently not: Elson was just granted a restraining order against White after, she claims, the rocker started harassing her. In legal papers, Elson says White has been pressuring her about the divorce settlement and custody of their two kids (he wants to help raise them, but Elson says he's not fit for parenting). "Wife fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of this harassment," the restraining order reads.

The couple has been fighting over the kids for months, the Nashville City Paper reports. Elson alleges White has a violent temper, and she says he's refused numerous requests to go to family counseling. "This pattern of husband’s bullying wife into submission was a contributing factor in the demise of their marriage," the order reads. Elson also describes two bizarre incidents in which White was upset about his children associating with the children of other entertainers that he feels "ripped off" his music. TMZ notes that though the couple separated in 2011, Elson just filed for divorce last year. Their kids are 5 and 7 years old, E! reports.

Model Karen Elson and then-husband Jack White attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala, in New York on Monday, May 5, 2008.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
In this Oct. 29, 2008 file photo, musician Jack White, left, and Karen Elson arrive on the red carpet for the Royal World Premiere of the 22nd James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace" in London.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
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