The then-couple's custody battle turns nasty as James accused Lindemulder of driving under the influence of drugs with their young daughter in the car.
Sandra Bullock's estranged husband Jesse James has stepped up his ongoing child custody battle with his first wife, he's filed legal papers accusing her of driving under the influence of drugs with their young daughter in the car. James and Bullock were granted full guardianship of six-year-old Sunny in 2009 after the child's mother, porn star Janine Lindemulder, was sentenced to six months in jail for tax evasion.
She was released earlier this year and rebooted her custody request after James was exposed as a love cheat in March. Lindemulder recently accused James of planning to move to Texas with their daughter, and now the TV mechanic has hit back by filing legal papers accusing his former partner of bad behavior.
The documents, filed on Friday, June 4 and obtained by TMZ, include a declaration from James' sister, Julie James England, who claims that two years ago she received a worrying phone call from Lindemulder in which she was "slurring her words". England alleges Lindemulder told her she had taken some "numbing drugs" and "drank tequila" before getting in the car with Sunny.
The legal papers also include a statement from James' brother-in-law, Mark T. England, who alleged Lindemulder once asked if he could provide her with drugs, including Vicodin and Ambien. James claims his ex-wife is unfit to take care of Sunny, and insists the youngster would benefit from a stable environment if she lives with him. A custody hearing is scheduled for June 17, according to TMZ.
The news comes shortly after it emerged James filed a separate lawsuit against bosses of an internet company alleging they owe him more than $150,000. He is suing executives at online video streaming firm ViewPartner accusing them of failing to pay him for a 2009 deal and using his image without permission.