Jesse James' sister has spoken out in defense of Sandra Bullock's estranged husband, insisting allegations his father beat him as a child are "completely true". The TV mechanic opened up about the affairs which wrecked his marriage in an interview with U.S. newswoman Vicki Mabrey on Tuesday night, May 25, and during the candid "Nightline" chat he blamed his troubled childhood for contributing to his bad behavior as an adult.
James fought back tears as he described his turbulent relationship with his dad Larry and went on to accuse his father of beating him up and breaking his arm when he was just seven years old. The star's former stepmother, Janina James Coan, moved quickly to slam the claims, branding them "a bunch of c**p" and describing Larry as a "caring father".
But now James' sister Julie James England has come forward to defend the troubled TV star. She tells E! Online, "I saw it. I lived there with my dad, and he was very aggressive with Jesse and I. He did abuse Jesse."
And England, who is also estranged from her father, has rubbished Coan's comments and accused her of trying to cash in on the story. She adds, "I think they are giving their stories to make money. Janina was married to my dad when we were teenagers."
"She doesn't know how angry my dad used to get with us. I don't know why she would speak out. My (birth) mom had to be my mother and my father. She would back us up. She would do anything for her kids."
"(Jesse) is breaking the mold from what he learned from my dad. He is owning up to the mistakes he made and is trying to move forward with his life. That's the best thing he could do for his kids."