Schelske Says Evans Cheated, Watched Porn With Him

His Divorce Papers Mention Drinking Problem, "Apparent Nervous Breakdown"

In court papers filed Friday (Oct. 20) in Tennessee, Sara Evans’ estranged husband Craig Schelske has claimed Evans told him last week that she had cheated on him. Schelske also said that Evans filed for divorce the next day — on Oct. 12 — without his knowledge. The court papers did not name the other man in the adultery claim.

Schelske also indicated in the court papers that Evans had changed since landing a role on Dancing With the Stars, that she’s using their children for publicity purposes, that she has a drinking problem and that she had an “apparent nervous breakdown” in 2005.

In addition, Schelske refuted one of Evans’ most high-profile claims by declaring that he and Evans were watching “adult entertainment” together when their 7-year-old son unexpectedly entered their bedroom. Evans had previously implied that Schelske had been watching pornography alone. Evans also had claimed there are more than 100 such photographs of Schelske, but Schelske said Evans was the photographer. He noted that she also posed for nude photos.

In her divorce papers, Evans said Schelske kept pornographic pictures of himself on his computer. He denies having any such photos except those that he claims were shot by Evans. Schelske also filed a motion on Friday for Evans and her lawyers to produce the photos that Evans referenced in her complaint. He also denies he has photos of himself with other women and claims that he has never had an extramarital affair, as Evans had claimed. In addition, he states Evans has confused CraigsList.org with his own personal computer files and that he has never posted an ad on CraigsList.

Here are some excerpts from an 11-page document, titled Husband’s Answer to Wife’s Complaint and Amended Complaint and Counterpetition for Legal Separation, filed Friday by Schelske in Williamson County, Tenn.:

• “Husband has never maintained such [pornographic] photographs nor has he ever posed for any photographs of himself taken unclothed except for a few taken by wife [underlined in document] on their tenth wedding anniversary. Further, Husband denies any sexual photographs of himself with any other women as there are no authentic photographs of husband unclothed with any sexual partner or alone except as by taken by Wife or with Wife on the single occasion in which both parties participated.”

• “Husband would state and show that both Husband and Wife were watching adult entertainment together when their oldest child, whom they believed to be secure and asleep, entered their room unexpectedly at which time, the parties immediately turned off their entertainment. Wife was next to Husband when this occurred.”

• “As to the allegation that Husband has ‘screamed at Wife’ regarding a costume designer, Husband denies the allegation and would state and show that it was Wife in fact who became irritated about the designer. Husband’s disagreement with Wife was unrelated to the designer or his lifestyle but rather was focused on Wife’s conduct since she began to participate in the Dancing With the Stars television program. Husband would state that they did in fact have disagreements over Wife’s declining interest in her marital roles and responsibilities, declining interest in her husband and neglect of the parties’ three children which was having a demonstrable adverse effect on the family.”

• “Wife’s unnecessary public allegations in this divorce and use of the children as an excuse to exit a television program is an unfortunate example of Wife’s exploitation of the children for her purposes, which Husband believes is harmful to the children.”

In the same document, Schelske also claimed he was not abusive and that he had never threatened Evans, as she had stated. “Husband denies he has said Wife is ‘crazy’ except in the jest of occasional comments both ways. Husband has continued to be fully supportive of Wife since her apparent nervous breakdown in 2005 and has encouraged Wife to seek professional help and monitored medication.”

Schelske is also trying to get Evans’ restraining order against him dropped. He also said he wants to live in the marital home with the children and that the children consider Oregon — Schelske’s home state — to be their home. The couple own homes in Oregon and in Tennessee. They were renting a home in California at the time of the divorce filing.

Schelske filed another document on Friday, titled Motion to Dissolve and/or Modify Restraining Orders, in which he refuted Evans’ claims that his drinking is excessive. He also requested that the restraining order should be “dissolved or modified to include restraining Wife from consuming excess alcohol in front of the children and from staying out until early hours of the morning, coming home intoxicated and repeatedly sleeping very late the next day, to the confusion and deprivation of the minor children.”

Schelske also makes a point to defend the couple’s former nanny, Alison Clinton, who has come forward to refute Evans’ claims that she and Schelske had an inappropriate sexual affair. He also demanded proof of the affair from Evans and her lawyers.

Another document filed Friday, titled Motion to Dismiss and to Strike and to Impose Sanctions, included this passage: “Husband requests that Plaintiff’s allegations of adultery with a named individual be stricken. Husband would state that the naming of an innocent party who was treated as a member of the parties’ family is not only malicious and unconscionable but is unnecessary and outside standard accepted practice in a divorce petition involving minor children. There is no good faith basis for such a malicious allegation.”

He noted that Evans fired Clinton, who had been working for the couple, on the day the divorce papers were filed. He also filed a motion to have his and Evans’ Social Security numbers, and those of their children, removed from public record.

In addition, Schelske says Evans’ desire for publicity is behind Evans’ unexpected behavior. After noting that the allegations are harming Schelske’s reputation and the future of their children, the document states, “Further, the poor judgment demonstrated by such a public filing reflects on the character of the adverse party and is direct evidence of improper parenting in placing her own interests and desire for publicity over the best interests of the three small children.”

Schelske also complains that Evans’ original Complaint for Divorce had stated that he is unemployed. His rebuttal reads, in part, “Husband denies Wife’s allegation that he is unemployed. Husband would state and show the parties agreed that husband would work as a manager to Wife in various tasks and capacities while the parties’ primary focus was developing Wife’s career.”