Jack White has filed a case against his estranged wife Karen Elson. Elson claimed White was unable to look after their two children and had been sending harassing emails. Following a temporary restraining order obtained by Elson two weeks ago, White has responded as he does not "want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent towards his wife or children."
Karen Elson and Jack White at 'The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009.
White's estranged wife, former model Karen Elson, obtained a temporary restraining order against her husband on July 17. She claimed White had been harassing Elson and her attorney by sending inappropriate emails.
According to the court information acquired by E!, White has not taken issue with the restraining order, as he is "not uncomfortable speaking with her other than to communicate, as needed, via email regarding the children". He is, moreover, concerned with how he appears as a result of Elson's filing: "Mr White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent toward his wife or children."
White has responded to the implication that he is violent and possibly a risk to his wife and children. The case else filed read "[Elson] fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment." The documentation refers to a number of incidents where White, allegedly, acted in a strange manner towards Elson and their acquaintances, according to reports in the Nashville City Paper.
Karen Elson at New York Fashion Week, October 2012.
White's rebuttal filing was presented to the Tennessee court on Friday (2nd August). The filing claims Elson left her two children with White on July 17th, and that "these are not the actions of a mother concerned for the safety of her children or the stability of their father."
Also included in the file was an email from May 19th in which Elson described White as "an amazing father" and that she was "glad we had these kids together." Another issue White is concerned about is the custody of his children. The filing asks the court that they prevent Elson from "unilaterally deciding that these are her children, not theirs, and that she can do whatever she wants, even in violation of a written and signed agreement."
Elson and White married in August 2005 but separated in 2011. Elson filed for divorce last year and the couple have been embroiled in a custody battle since. Although initial attempts were made to resolve their differences through amicable discussions, it seems legal action may be the only way forward.
The file rounded-up White and his attorney's arguments, simply stating Elson's "characterisations of Mr White as a scary or violent person is upsetting to him and vehemently untrue."
Jack White outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York arriving for The Late Show with David Letterman.