Kurt Busch attorneys request reopening of no-contact hearing

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SI Exclusive: Kurt Busch's ex-girlfriend speaks out on domestic violence allegations
Friday February 20th, 2015

Kurt Busch's attorneys filed a motion Thursday to request the reopening of the hearing that resulted in a no-contact order against Busch granted to his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll. 

Busch's attorneys claim that witnesses who are personal acquaintances of Driscoll have come forward with information that contradicts her version of the events at the center of the case. Busch's attorneys also made a request Thursday with the Attorney General's office to open an investigation into whether Driscoll violated the Delaware criminal code offense of tampering with a witness.

Driscoll requested the no-contact order in November after she alleged Busch slammed her head three times into a bedroom wall of his motorhome at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26. Driscoll testified that a series of text messages from Busch led her to believe he might be depressed, prompting her to drive to Dover to visit him from her home in Maryland.

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In his denial of Driscoll's allegations, Busch said he repeatedly told Driscoll to leave the motorhome after she showed up unannounced a week after he broke off their relationship. Busch said he then cupped Driscoll's cheeks with her hand and told her that she needed to leave.

Busch, 36, has also testified that Driscoll previously told him she was a "mercenary who killed people for a living." Busch also said Driscoll had shown him pictures of bodies with gunshot wounds. 

Driscoll called Busch's allegation "ludicrous," saying he took the notion of her being an assassin "straight from a fictional movie script" she had been working on for eight years.

On Monday, a judge granted the year-long order that says Busch must remain away from Driscoll and not communicate with her. He also cannot buy or possess firearms or ammunition, and will face an evaluation for "mental health problems related to anger control and impulse control." Busch must stay 100 yards away from Driscoll, except "at NASCAR races and related events where closer proximity is required."

Driscoll, 37, is president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit supporting active duty military members and veterans from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. She has also worked for Frontline Defense Systems, a surveillance system company based in Washington D.C.

- Molly Geary and Mike Fiammetta 

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