Child Abuse Made Me Cheat: Jesse James

Finally, the full interview airs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2010 7:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Jesse James interview aired on Nightline yesterday, and America finally found out why he cheated on Sandra Bullock: “Because, you know, I've basically never felt good enough for anyone” as a result of childhood abuse, he said. His father “beat my ass pretty good a bunch of times,” he continued, crying when he remembered his dad chasing him and causing him to break his arm—when he was the age his own daughter, Sunny, is now.

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When Vicki Mabrey noted, “There are a lot of people who are abused who don’t go on to cheat on their wives,” he quickly shot back, “There are a lot of people that are abused that go on to abuse, or go on to do drugs,” and insisted he’s not a monster. “Bike builder, Monster Garage TV star—all that stuff is a huge smokescreen so people won’t see that I’m a scared, abused kid. A 7-year-old.”
(Read more Jesse James stories.)

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