Kurt Busch testifies ex-girlfriend is trained assassin
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testified on Tuesday that his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, is a trained assassin.
Busch's testimony came during a four-day hearing over Driscoll's request for a no-contact order.
Driscoll has accused Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion, of slamming her head three times against a bedroom wall of his motorhome at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26. Busch and his legal team have denied the allegations, which are the subject of a separate criminal investigation. The four-day hearing on the protection order ended Tuesday afternoon.
''Everybody on the outside can tell me I'm crazy, but I lived on the inside and saw it firsthand,'' Kurt Busch said when his attorney, Rusty Hardin, questioned why he still believed Patricia Driscoll is a hired killer.
In an interview late Tuesday, Driscoll called Busch's assertion ''ludicrous,'' saying he took it ''straight from a fictional movie script'' she has been working on for eight years and that he has proofread.
Busch and his legal team have attempted to discredit Driscoll as a bitter ex-girlfriend who is trying to destroy his career after their breakup. During his testimony on Tuesday, Busch said Driscoll had claimed that a female character from Zero Dark Thirty, a 2012 film depicting the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, was a "composite" of her and other women.
On Monday, Busch said Driscoll told him she was a "mercenary who killed people for a living," and had shown him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds.
Driscoll denied the assertions to the AP.
''These statements made about being a trained assassin, hired killer, are ludicrous and without basis and are an attempt to destroy my credibility,'' Driscoll said. ''Not even Rusty Hardin believes this.''
''I find it interesting that some of the outlandish claims come straight from a fictional movie script I've been working on for eight years,'' Driscoll added.
A court ruling on Driscoll's request for a no-contact order is expected later this month or in early February.
- Mike Fiammetta